Sault Police Services and Sault Fire Services were called to Jamestown this afternoon, but for a good cause.
The Facebook group Jamestown Strong choose today to have the inaugural Sal’s Summer Kids Day. It was a day designed for the kids of the community to get together and have fun as the pandemic restrictions lifted. Shauna Wilson, one of the organizers and a community member said it will become an annual event.
“[It was important] to do this to bring the community together, to show them we are as one,” said Wilson. “Jamestown strong [exists] to make this community better.”
Sault Police Services had members of their department on location interacting with the kids and parents of the neighbourhood. Sault Police Services Chief Hugh Stevenson could be seen talking with multiple individuals and listening to their stories.
“Police are part of the community, it is our role, it is our job to be here, for all communities in this city,” said Stevenson. “Jamestown goes through some challenging times sometimes in the year, we want to make sure the community understands we are here for them and we care.”
Stevenson noted the events like the scavenger hunt, fish pond and bingo among others are ways for the community to see the police are part of their community.
Multiple community organizations could be seen in the Spadoni’s parking lot sharing information, providing clothing, water, food and games for the kids to play. Kids even had a shot at throwing re-usable water balloons at Stevenson at one point.
As part of their role in community outreach, Sault Fire Services did a quick drive-by of the events after attending a nearby false alarm. Although they didn’t get out of their vehicles, just seeing them made many kids and adults smile.
One of the pillars of the Fire Services is community outreach and I overheard one parent tell their child that firefighters are who they would call if the house caught fire, but they also warned them not to play with fire.
The event was a giant success according to organizers and they look forward to doing it again next year.
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