By Kay Whatley, Editor
Nash County Sheriff Deputies are holding a series of hot dog grilling events across the county. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) is reaching out to communities with their “Hot Dogs for Kids” events, offering free lunch and an opportunity to meet local law enforcement officers.
The next hot dog cooking community event is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2016. Deputies will be set up outside Wade’s Barbershop, 521 West Thomas Street, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. They will be serving local kids hot dogs and chips from 11am to 2pm.
This Rocky Mount event will be the last of 2016. Additional events are planned across Nash County. The series is in its beginning stages, and is expected to go to additional locations in Spring 2017 — with a park in Red Oak NC as the next likely location.
The first “Hot Dogs for Kids” event took place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, when officers set up in Middlesex NC, grilling and serving up free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for several hours. Folks were walking and driving up for a meal and to chat with the officers.
Thiss recent addition to the office’s schedule has been designed to connect officers with local residents, and ensure positive contact with area youth.
“Basically, these events are a combination of community outreach and community policing,” according to Lieutenant David Brake.
Food and supplies are paid for by a fund containing money raised by NCSO calendar sales. Local grocery stores are helping out by donating food — including Bass Farms of Spring Hope, Piggly Wiggly in Bailey, and Smith’s Red and White of Rocky Mount.
Volunteer deputies from across the county will be grilling and serving at each event, with a number of NCSO officers participating. Officers aren’t assigned, they choose to be there!
Updates and event notices may be found on the NCSO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NashCountySO.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Keith Stone, is headquartered at 222 W Washington Street, in Nashville, North Carolina. To reach the Sheriff’s office, call 252.459.4121.