Jonesboro neighborhoods host National Night Out events

Jonesboro neighborhoods host National Night Out events

Multiple Jonesboro neighborhoods worked to bridge the gap between residents and public servants Tuesday night through National Night Out events.

National Night Out often serves as a chance for residents to meet the police officers and firefighters that serve in their community to help overcome stereotypes and preconceived notions.

It also gives area businesses and organizations the chance to help people in need.

The North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative hosted their fifth annual event behind Success School.

NJNI Vice President Janette Dotson told Region 8 News that the night was about unity and education.

"We were all unified here tonight," Dotson said. "People were smiling, people were happy, people were being informed about different agencies."

Multiple organizations had booths set up at the event. Area churches and businesses were also at National Night Out. Dotson said their presence at the event can help change lives.

"There are so many people here who have needs and they're not going to an agency and express what those needs are," Dotson said. "But I will be following up with people and try to administer to them."

This was one of the North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative's first events under their new 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

The event, that had free food, music and entertainment, took place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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