The Mount Gilead Concerned Citizens and Community Watch are making preparations for the “National Night Out”, set for Tues., Aug. 6.
This will be the 7th year for the local National Night Out program, first observed 30 years ago as an effort to heighten crime prevention awareness, to generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and to send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
According to figures from the National Association of Town Watch, over 37.5 million people in more than 15,700 communities participated in the National Night Out last year.
The Mount Gilead Concerned Citizens and Community Watch are headed up by Johnny Greene, and he would welcome the participation of groups and individuals who would like to help with this year’s National Night Out. Greene can be reached through Town Hall at 910-439-5111.
The event will start at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Dr. Johnny McKinnon on N. Main St. In the event of rain, the program will move to the pavilion at First United Methodist Church.