August 4 – ALBANY – National Night Out is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, and the annual event in which area law enforcement distributes school bags and supplies appears to be bigger and better in 2022.
About 2,000 attendees were in attendance for the final National Night, and with inflation eating away at parents’ paychecks, it’s expected to draw even bigger crowds this year.
The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and vendors will be onsite beginning at 1 p.m. at Radium Springs Middle School, 2600 Radium Springs Road.
“We recognize the need,” Dougherty County Police Department Capt. Tamiko Whitlock said. “Forty-seven providers is the largest group we’ve ever had. When we started the request, everyone volunteered to offer their services for free because they felt the need.”
Flint River Fresh will be on hand to distribute 300 boxes of fruits and vegetables.
The annual event will include children’s activities, food trucks, indoor barbers will give haircuts, and the Georgia Department of Public Health will administer COVID tests.
“We’ve been doing this for over 30 years, but we haven’t done this for the past two years because of COVID,” Whitlock said. “We have a really big event. We’ve been told that south of Macon we have the biggest National Night Out event in the state.
“It’s all law enforcement – (including) the Albany Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Sheriff’s Office, Albany State Police.”