MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Whether it was with food, a bouncy house, or just a conversation; many of the block parties were a success during National Night Out 2017.
"We just love looking out for each other, protecting each other. This is our little group," said Dora McGinnis, an Odessa neighborhood host.
"It takes a whole community to put something on," said Beau Moore, a Midland neighborhood host.
From neighborhoods in Midland to Odessa, blocks were shut down to show appreciation for each other and law enforcement.
"The community knows that if they need law enforcement, law enforcement is there to back them up," said McGinnis.
"Seeing the officers out here and being involved in it, it's really nice to put a name with a face," said Moore.
Everyone mingling was the scene all across the Permian Basin, whether it was the first time.
"We've never done it. Usually we just pick a different street in our area and one street always takes the ball and run with it. This is our first time on this street to do it," said Moore.
Or the third time.
"We just have a strong bond for each other," said McGinnis.
Hosts, Moore and McGinnis hope others will think about taking the lead for future National Night Outs.