Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Vision Youth found a different way to celebrate National Night Out in Kingsport this year.

On Friday, the group provided the Kingsport Police Department, the Kingsport Fire Department, the new EMS station on Sullivan Street and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office with “Our Hero” snack baskets and thank-you letters from New Vision Youth, Girls Inc., Riverview Boys & Girls Club and the Full Gospel Mission Church youth group.

Executive Director Johnnie Mae Swagerty said this is the first year the event has been celebrated in this way, but the gift baskets were still a big hit.

"We just wanted everybody to stay safe this year," Swagerty said, "but we still wanted to give back to our first responders and let them know that we still care about them. ... Everybody told us thank you, and they couldn't wait to get into them."