Braggtown gets early start on National Night Out

From staff reportsJuly 13, 2014 

Dan Smith and Mary Jane Clark talk with a neighbor on Hugo Street last Wednesday during the kickoff for Mission to Braggtown, program connecting neighbors and collecting food for a Baptist food pantry.

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    Durham ranked 13th among 132 similar-size cities across the country competing for National Night Out awards last year. Since winning its first NNO awards in 2006, Durham has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 participating communities of 100,000 to 299,000 population.

— Braggtown Baptist Church started its observance of National Night Out 2014 last Wednesday night by kicking off its “Mission Trip to Braggtown” program.

Nearly two dozen church members along with volunteers of Emergency Chaplains Inc., went door-to-door in the Braggtown community around 6:30 p.m. to meet neighbors and collect non-perishable food items to help stock the Yates Association food pantry. More Braggtown missions are scheduled this summer.

“This year as part of the Police Department’s National Night Out observance, neighborhood coordinators are encouraged to support Mayor Bell’s anti-poverty campaign,” says Kimberle Walker, a police spokeswoman. “Holding a drive for food and/or school supplies is one of the simplest ways to help fight crime and poverty simultaneously.”

Braggtown Baptist Church and Emergency Chaplains. are among about 100 Durham neighborhood groups registered to observe ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Emergency Chaplains partners with the Durham Police Department throughout the year. In addition to providing pastoral care for the men and women who answer emergency calls, chaplains assist first responders as they deal with citizens in crisis, often taking part of the emotional burden from the responder on the scene.

Also Chaplain Ralph Thompson, EC director, is one of six Durham residents featured on a Police Department’s new “CitizenStrong-Durham” billboard near the 4200 block of N. Roxboro Road. CitizenStrong-Durham is a Project Safe Neighborhoods awareness campaign highlighting easy-to-implement strategies that citizens can use to decrease the likelihood of violent crime and their property being stolen.

 

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