By Grayson Edds
Hands were shaken, neighbors were greeted, information was passed around, and fun was had by all on Tuesday night during another successful National Night Out event in Belton.
Police officers, fire fighters, city officials, and numerous other organizations were making their way to as many of the 17 parties as they could to get to know the community. Games were played, giveaways were awarded and children laughed and played on bounce houses and playgrounds.
The Housing Authority’s block party, held in the park at Mitchell and Ave. H, was a success with their bounce house, sno cones, deejay, firemen playing catch with the locals, volunteers from a handful of organizations passing around information and visiting, and police officers taking the time to sit and visit, answer questions or address concerns with citizens.
On the plush grounds of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, children were delighted to be able to climb up a fire department booster truck, sit inside a police car, try on fire department gear, and even play a game with the Texas Department of Transportation to learn about the dangers of drinking and driving.
15 additional parties were held between the hours of 6-8 Tuesday night, each one with the same goal in mind: to bring the community, as a whole, closer together to make a stand against crime.