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Harker Heights Evening Star
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Safety Day builds connections between community, police

Safety Day builds connections between community, police

By Sara Escobar
Correspondent

Big Oaks Mobile Home Park in Harker Heights held their first Safety Day in years on Saturday, July 29.
The public event held an array of activities—from a cake walk with door prizes, free bike registration and repairs, a firetruck and ambulance for children to tour, and the creation and dispensing of “kiddo cards”.
With the help of officers on sight, these kiddo cards were made to hold pertinent information about a child, noted by their height, weight, distinguishing birth marks, and a picture taken by law enforcement.
Many residents in the park also replaced their front porch lights with blue lightbulbs to show support for their friends in blue—some even sported green bulbs in support of veterans.
The mobile home’s office assistant, Jennifer Hemingway, said it’s important for the kids in the community to trust in the local police department.
“With everything that’s been going on, we want kids to know that police are here to help us,” Hemingway said.
An officer and tenant in the park, Dave Healy, assisted in the bike repairs and enjoys living in such an active community.
“The police department in Harker Heights is exceptional,” Healy said, “and the community involvement just makes it all worthwhile. Businesses always help out with donations as well; it’s just a great place to be,”
Big Oaks Mobile Home Park is a thriving area, with a diligent neighborhood watch. The park also holds events throughout the year to keep the residents involved with one another. Such events include a charity haunted house for Halloween, when donations of canned or boxed goods are accepted for the pet shelter in Harker Heights, along with multiple celebrations to attend in December for Christmas, and many more.
Members in the park work tirelessly to plan and accommodate these events. Such members include Cheryl Chaney and Brandi Dray, who help plan every and any event that takes place at Big Oaks. For Safety Day, the pair bought or baked all of the door prizes and refreshments.
“It all comes down to wanting to help the community,” Chaney says
Property Manager Dave McDonald said the park is at full occupancy and he intends to keep it that way.
“When I was given this job opportunity, I had a vision of a place for soldiers to come home to and feel safe in as they indoctrinated themselves back into society,” McDonald said during Safety Day. “I wanted a safe, clean community for them and their families. We’re a crime-free park and we’re always working closely with the police department. Working here, I’ve watched my vision come true; everyone who lives here is one big family.”

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