With the high number of shootings in Buffalo, many of them with children as the victims, there's probably not a better time for the annual National Night Out Against Crime.  It's celebrated each year on the second Tuesday of August and this year it's Tuesday, August 7th. 

The event started in 1984 with residents simply turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes.  It's continued to grow over the years and now involves an estimated 38-million people in 16,000 communities across the United States.

The idea is to get people out to talk to one another, to watch out for one another and to become aware of anti-crime programs like neighborhood watch.  If your town or community doesn't have one, maybe it's time to create one.

There are a number of family-friendly events planned across the City of Buffalo including one at the Johnny B. Wiley Athletic Sports Complex at Jefferson and Best.

North Tonawanda Police will be observing the evening with an event from 6 to 8 pm at Gratwick Hose Fire Company on Ward Road.  It will include a child seat check point to assure parents their kids' car seats are properly installed.  Bring a canned good to donate to the North Tonawanda Food Pantry and get a free hot dog.

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