Eden VFW and FCCLA turn town blue for National Night Out

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Giving meals to local first responder families

EDEN, Texas – National Night Out aims to help bring communities and those that serve them closer together. To honor local first responders, members of the Eden Veterans of Foreign Wars and
Eden Family, Career and Community Leaders of America are preparing to feed over a dozen first responder families.

“We’re going to the VFW hall and we’re going to serve dinner to the local first responders and their families,” explained Cache Cole, Vice President of Programs for the Eden FCCLA. “Just to show them how appreciative we are for National Night Out. We had to get together food, we had to get volunteers to help serve. A lot of our officers stepped up for that which is really nice.”

Beyond the meals, the Eden FCCLA took thanking first responders a step further, with their “turn the town blue” initiative. “This year is kind of special because we’ve seen Facebook posts with neighborhoods that had blue lights just covering the neighborhoods,” said Claire Rucker with the Eden VFW. “And, we thought, well, Eden’s really just one big neighborhood, so we talked a little bit and we came up with a grant from our Spirit of Eden fund and and bought almost 600 blue bulbs for the occasion.”

Members of the FCCLA decorated the gazebo in the Eden town square in blue lights, and passed out blue bulbs to area residents and businesses with the goal in mind for first responders to see the town lit up in blue to show support for their work.

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