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Halloween CNO Drive Through Made Kids Safe to Trick or Treat

November 20, 2020

Dear Friends of the Charlottesville Police Foundation, 

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 31, multiple Charlottesville police units were on the scene of a major traffic jam within and surrounding the grounds of Charlottesville High School. To put it mildly, things got pretty scary. At the scene, the officers encountered ghosts, goblins, wild animals, ninja warriors, and space robots. Responding officers also reported princesses, cowboys, firemen, fellow cops, and robbers.

Lucky for all involved, the situation was quickly diffused with candy – lots and lots of candy.

The first-ever Charlottesville (Halloween) Night Out was a smashing success! We had more than 600 cars visit and handed out more than 900 bags of candy in a drive-thru course that saw the CPF and CPD joined by a group of wonderful community partners for a safe and distanced Halloween alternative that offered plenty of fun for all.

The perfect autumn weather was brightened even more by the smiles on the faces of the kids and families that rolled through. “We are so glad that you could do this for the kids,” one dad said, “they really needed to smile.” A mom commented, “Everyone is so nice. What a perfect day! And the set up could not have been easier.”

Partners who joined in the fun by manning candy distribution tables along the route included Charlottesville Police Foundation, Charlottesville Police Department, United Way, City of Promise, 100 Black Women of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Area, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Cville Country 92.7, Mayor Nikuyah Walker, La Flor Michoana, Charlottesville City Schools, Carter Myers Automotive, Charlottesville Utilities, Charlottesville Fire Department, Department of Social Services, Charlottesville Parks and Rec, and Charlottesville Area Transit. Other generous community supporters included Wegman’s, Tuel Jewelers, Woodard Properties, Magpie Knits, Tom Tom Foundation, Sam’s, Market on Preston, Crutchfield, Chick-fil-a, Party Starts Here, Joe Blow T’s, The Senior Center and Rosewood Village.

“Like so many other organizations,” said Gail Milligan, executive director of the CPF, “we were missing out on important opportunities for community engagement. Our annual Charlottesville Night Out is something that we look forward to every year, as do our officers. Given the circumstances we find ourselves in with the pandemic, we thought this was a great way to adapt that event and to give kids and families a great way to safely enjoy what should be one of the most fun days of the year. We were overwhelmed by the response and are so glad we could partner with the CPD and with our community partners to be part of a truly special day.”

“What a treat to be able to provide children and their families with this type of experience,” Chief Brackney said. “I could not get enough of those adorable costumes, and I was truly amazed at the level of excitement and enthusiasm of all, even after spending up to 90 minutes in the car to get there! We are thrilled to work with the Charlottesville Police Foundation, CCS, The City of Charlottesville and all of our community partners to sponsor this event. CPD cherishes the opportunity to engage with families and young people throughout our community, particularly in these challenging times."

The Charlottesville Police Foundation is busy planning new programming for the coming year that will include new community education initiatives, virtual events and ongoing programs that support the officers of the CPD. We rely on the generosity of individuals and organizations to be able to bring programs like the Charlottesville Halloween Night Out to the entire community. As always, thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Gail Milligan
Executive Director

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The Police Department supports the Boys & Girls Club Teen Program by sending officers to the Cherry Avenue Club from 7 to 11 p.m. during the summer. There is nothing quite like seeing a police officer on a Teen Night in the Club, smiling, shooting hoops, or riding a mechanical bull to humanize all officers for the kids. The Club appreciates its unique partnership with the CPD and CPF.

—James Pierce, Executive Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia