MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Hosting block parties for National Night Out is a family affair for Mary Pond.
"We've tried to do it every year," said Pond.
This year will be the tenth.
"We make flyers and just give time," said Pond.
They do it for their community.
"We want to build relationships with our police officers and encourage our neighbors," said Pond.
It's important to the Pond family because not only is prepping and hosting the block party a family affair like the dinner they are making, working in law enforcement is too.
"We have a daughter who's a police officer in Lubbock and then we have a daughter who's working for the Midland Police Department right now. She's a cadet," said Pond.
With daughters on the force, Pond knows parties like this can help ease tension between police and communities.
"People need to see officers up close. They need to see that they are actual people too," said Pond.
Plus it's fun.
"It's really exciting when the firetruck and ambulance show up," said Pond.
Another year, another block party, October 3 couldn't come faster for the Pond family. There's still time to register before the September 26 deadline to host block parties in Midland and Odessa.