Water's Edge hosts NNO observance

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 8/8/18

National Night Out, the annual community-building campaign, was met with a large turnout from the residents of Water’s Edge Apartments where the event was held.

Various churches and …

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Water's Edge hosts NNO observance

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National Night Out, the annual community-building campaign, was met with a large turnout from the residents of Water’s Edge Apartments where the event was held.

Various churches and organizations came out to help cook, set up booths with information or to simply aid their neighbors.

Dustin Wilds, pastor at Lake View Community Church stated how they were there to meet the community and spread their message.

“Jesus said ‘GO,’ so we are taking that literally, and if we can help by cooking and distributing hamburgers and hot dogs, that’s what we’re gonna do,” Wilds said.

All Lake View Community Church members wore shirts emblazoned with their logo and the phrase “Serve 2:4,” standing for Philippians 2:4, which according to Wilds says to care about others’ needs before your own, and go and serve.

The Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Fire Department came out along with not only their patrol vehicles, but also specialty vehicles, such as the police department’s mobile command unit and various fire trucks.

“This is a community event where we have a little cookout, we give prizes away and we can show the residents and their kids around our mobile command unit to get them interested in what we do and show them that law enforcement is a group of people to be trusted and confided in,” said CPD Sgt. Ruth. “Taxpayer money goes into things like our mobile command unit, so this lets us show the public what that money is going towards.”

Throughout the event, kids were getting their parents to take their pictures in front of all the emergency vehicles when they weren’t eating or playing on the various items provided like inflatables. Aside from law enforcement, local health organizations brought their own informational booths to National Night Out, including The Caring Place and the Bradley County Health Department.

Amy Davenport, Bradley County Health Department healthcare coordinator, brought along information about car seats, school preparation and health department services offered.

“We perform physicals, immunizations and various other services at the health department, so we’re here trying to spread the word about what we do,” Davenport said. “We really try to attend a lot of events like this so our community knows who we are and what we have to offer.”

Another church participating in the event was Oak Grove Baptist Church, which strives to participate in events at Water’s Edge throughout the year such as Easter egg hunts and Trunk or Treats.

Oak Grove Pastor Jonathan Powell said, “We want to not only minister to residents of Cleveland, but also fellowship with them. Kids definitely enjoy nights like this.”

Craig Dillard, an elder at Lake View Community Church, added how Tuesday’s event was his church’s third trip to Water’s Edge Apartments. Wanting to see local kids and their parents in church, Lake View runs a bus through the neighborhood each week to pick up any children who may want to attend.

Water’s Edge Apartment property manager Cynthia Stanley was grateful for the positive turn in weather as well, and hoped to see a massive turnout of residents before the evening was over.
National Night Out will return next year on the first Tuesday in August 2019. 

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