ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A big event tonight got kids ready for school and gave them a good impression of law enforcers.
The night before school starts back in Dougherty County, first responders and community groups handed out school supplies to hundreds of kids.
9-year-old Misery was just one of the many kids who walked away with a prize tonight.
Dougherty County Police, EMS and Albany Fire Department were among the agencies hosting National Night Out at Radium Springs Middle School.
"Some people do not have paper and pencils and other stuff to write with at school you know," said Eric Ingram.
But thanks to local law enforcement, students like 18-year-old Eric Ingram received school supplies.
"It's really emotional you know, it makes you sad because some people just can't afford paper at all," said Ingram.
Even parents were touched.
"It's a very overwhelming feeling. I'm just so overwhelmed with all of the help that's going on in Albany," said LaTonya Floyd.
Floyd has been coming for years with her three kids, two of which are heading back to school tomorrow.
"To make sure that my kids have everything they need and may have forgotten something so I know they'll get it here," said Floyd.
Sponsors like Jesse Massey passed out backpacks stuffed with paper, pencils and notebooks to get them ready for school tomorrow. This is his 8th year participating.
"When you see a young man or a young lady being excited about getting school supplies, being excited about getting school wear knowing that's its very important to get an education so you can go to the next level," said Massey.
Massey also raffled off prizes like basketballs and bicycles.
And Ingram plans to follow in his footsteps.
"The boys they're always on the street, and I'd love to get them off the street and get in school," said Ingram.