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2021 National Night Out Will be a Drive-Thru Event

July 21, 2021

Dana Grissom, PIO

Milton, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) and CDAC Behavioral Health will host the 2021 National Night Out on August 3 at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street in Milton. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until all supplies have been distributed. In keeping with COVID-19 guidance on social distancing and limiting the size of community gatherings, this year's National Night Out will be a drive-thru event.

"We are inviting the community to come together in the safest way possible, by having a no contact, drive-thru event," said Vince Nguyen, health educator and tobacco cessation specialist with DOHSanta Rosa. "In these unprecedented times when so many families have been affected by this pandemic, it is more important than ever that we focus on helping each other and strengthening our communities."

Since this is a drive-thru event, local agencies and business sponsors will include educational materials and promotional items along with the school supplies and a bag of food provided by Feeding the Gulf Coast. Volunteers will place bags in car trunks and truck beds.

Upon arriving at the community center, attendees will remain in their vehicles. Local law enforcement and volunteers will be on hand to greet vehicles as they pass through. The route will be lined with yard signs displaying positive messages on crime and drug abuse prevention, strengthening communities, and police-community partnerships. National Night Out is a tobacco free event.

For more information, contact Denise Manassa with CDAC Behavioral Health at or Vince Nguyen at or 850-564-2253.

To learn more about the National Night Out, visit

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