A local outlet mall recently showed its support for the work done public safety personnel, through donations to the Locust Grove and Henry County police departments, and the Henry County Fire Department.
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., donated $1,500 to the three agencies –– $500 to each –– during the month of January, according to Holly Duffey, general manager of Tanger Outlet Center.
The county's police department and the Locust Grove police department operate separate "substations" at the mall, said Duffey.
"It is an honor to recognize the members of our local police and fire," she said. "They are the backbone of our community, and do so much to serve and protect us all year long."
Duffey, and Laura Simmons, assistant general manager of Tanger Outlets, hand-delivered the checks to the agencies.
Locust Grove Police Chief Jesse Patton, and Assistant Chief Ken Swanson accepted the check for their agency on Jan. 3. "We appreciate the support that we receive from local businesses like the Tanger Outlet Center," said Patton, in a written statement. "The money donated Tanger will be put to good use."
Swanson said his department has been receiving the Tanger donations, annually, for more than two decades. His agency uses the funds to purchase school supplies for children in the city.
"Tanger has given the donation to us every year since the mid-90's," he said. "With that check, we usually buy items, such as pencils, rulers, key chains, etc., for cops programs, such as D.A.R.E. [Drugs Awareness Resistance Education]."
Henry County Police received the Tanger donation on Jan. 14. "We appreciate the support that we receive every year from our partners at Tanger mall. We are grateful to them for allowing us to have a physical presence through the office space they provide to the Henry County Police Department," said Police Chief Keith Nichols. "This allows us a greater opportunity to have positive interactions with our citizens and visitors that patronize this extraordinary shopping venue.
"We look forward to the coming years, and intend on being proactive in our attempt to assist Locust Grove in maintaining a safe and family-friendly environment for the shoppers at Tanger mall," he added.
Henry County Fire Department Interim Chief Bill Lacy, along with several firefighters, accepted their donation on Jan. 19, according to Duffey.
Duffey said the donations given to the public safety agencies were Tanger's way of saying "Thank you."
"These donations represent a small token of how thankful we are for such a great team of men and women that help serve [the] local businesses, and [the] community we live and work in," said Duffey. "The services they offer are invaluable, and we are grateful to each and every one."
The Tanger Outlet Center includes more than 65 name-brand stores, and is located at 1000 Tanger Drive, in Locust Grove.