ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Ashburn and Turner County jumped in to host their first National Night Out this year.
On Tuesday, organizers said they were proud of not only the turnout but how many community organizations helped put it all together.
The night focused on students, since school starts back Friday for Turner County.
Different businesses and agencies donated school supplies to give back to students whose parents may not be able to afford them.
"We do have families that can't afford the school supplies or need help assisting with the school supplies," said Amanda Stephens with the city of Ashburn.
After it got dark, those attending held a candlelight vigil to honor all first responders, including firefighters, police, sheriff's deputies, and EMS.
Ashburn Police Captain Richard Purvis said that the deeper meaning of National Night Out is to build a relationship with the community.
Purvis said that with some people having a negative opinion of law enforcement because of certain events, his officers work each day to show they care about the people they serve.
Purvis wants officers' relationships with citizens to supersede what negative perception of police citizens might have.
"Things like this, going out, getting in the community, going out to the store, shaking people's hands, talking to them, not running them away, not talking to them telling them to get back from a scene, is always a good contact," explained Purvis.
Purvis said APD plans to host National Night Out again next year to continue their act of community policing.
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