The wet weather didn't slow down one Center Point neighborhood when it came to celebrating the Fourth of July. They used it as an opportunity to get to know their neighbors.
It's something they've done now for the past two years, and already they're noticing a decrease in crime.
Exie Bridges organized a 4th of July celebration for nine years in her old neighborhood.
When she moved to her Center Point neighborhood, she said she started noticing a lot of crime taking place. That's when she decided it was time to get to know the neighbors
Six-year-old Curtis Hickey didn't have time for an interview today since he was too busy making friends, and getting wet.
"It's slippery, it's fun and that's all I got to say," he said.
For one day, Violet Drive was transformed into a child's playground.
"It's all about these babies, keeping them safe," Exie Bridges said.
She started this last year in an attempt to reduce crime in the neighborhood.
"Crime has decreased, drugs are gone," she said.
Gene Getaw, who lives a few doors down has also noticed a change.
"I think it's nice. We should do it every year so we can get acquainted with our neighbors," Getaw said.
While the adults are fighting crime, the kids are just doing what kids do and having a great time. And as for the Fourth of July food, they had everything from soda, popsicles and ice cream to crab, lobster, shrimp, barbeque ribs and catfish.
Many community leaders helped make the celebration possible by donating. The party will be going on all day and into the evening hours.
Bridges hopes next year the event will be even bigger.
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