National Night Out provides supplies for hundreds of kids

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 8/10/18

MANNING - Hundreds of students and their families attended Clarendon County's National Night Out on Tuesday evening at J.C. Britton Park on Raccoon Road.

"The turnout was excellent," said the NNO Committee Chairman Lawrence Hammett with Clarendon …

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MANNING - Hundreds of students and their families attended Clarendon County's National Night Out on Tuesday evening at J.C. Britton Park on Raccoon Road.

"The turnout was excellent," said the NNO Committee Chairman Lawrence Hammett with Clarendon County Sheriff's Office. "We had an excellent response from law enforcement agencies and the community."

Hammett said officers from South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Manning and Summerton police departments, Clarendon EMS and Clarendon County Sheriff's Office were on hand handing out supplies, food and chatting with the youngsters.

"Everyone had an extra good time," Hammett added. "We had bouncy houses. The choir from Green Hill Baptist Church entertained, and we had two officers from the sheriff's office who sang solos."

Hammett also wanted to thank Bill "Soldier Boy" Lemon, a local deejay, for keeping the music flowing throughout the two-hour-plus-long event.

Hammett said he "couldn't thank enough" everyone who worked in the canteen serving the food.

"Those people working in the canteen did an excellent job getting the food out."

"Overall, this year's event was outstanding," Hammett added. "It was an excellent evening."

"I want to give a special thanks to everyone who made donations to National Night Out," Hammett said. "We had people from out of state making donations as well as in state and, of course, our local businesses, organizations and people who have been generous to us over the years. Thanks to everyone for making this year's event so very successful."