National Night Out brings resources to Santa Rosa students

Hundreds of volunteers, families, first responders and children packed the Guy Thompson Community Center Aug. 1 for Santa Rosa County’s first ever National Night Out.

The event, which is put on each year by Target, brought together in one place a menagerie of resources and service providers in the county.

Aleisha Wiley, who led the volunteers from the local Target, said a big part of the event is handing out free school supplies.

“The purpose is to give back to the community. We want the kids to have a successful start at school, and in order to do that they need the supplies,” she said.

But the event was about more than school supplies.

Inside the exhibit area, more than a dozen service providers and groups were offering up information, freebies and more for visitors.

Target’s Elizabeth Ladd and her son Zachary, 8, hand out free hot dogs to hungry visitors during Santa Rosa County’s first ever National Night Out event Aug. 1.

Read the full article in the Aug. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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