BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Across our area, residents are encouraged to leave their porch lights on and come out to meet their neighbors Tuesday evening.
This will be the 33rd annual National Night Out, a push to try to make communities safer by encouraging positive communication between the public and police and by encouraging neighbors to look out for one another.
The push started in 1984 and has spread across the country since then, including to many communities in Western New York.
In South Buffalo, for example, National Night Out activities will be taking place at the Cazenovia Neighborhood Library from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
That event will feature family friendly fun, and representatives from a number of community organizations, including Child Care Resource Network, Erie County Senior Services, Catholic Health, Fidelis Care, City of Buffalo Recycling, American Red Cross, Save Our Libraries, University Pediatric Dentistry, Cornell Cooperative Extension/Eat Smart NY, Kidney Foundation, Buffalo Schools, and the Wellness Institute. National Fuel will also be providing free weatherization kits to families.
The National Night Out activities at the Cazenovia Library will include visits from Buffalo firefighters and police.
Anyone attending the National Night Out event in South Buffalo is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of WNY.
National Night Out events are held in communities across the country the first Tuesday of every August.