The Tomoka Farms Village community partnered with Spruce Creek Baptist Church to host the Faith, Friendship and First Responders event.
The Port Orange community came together to show appreciation for local law enforcement and first responder agencies on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Spruce Creek Baptist Church.
"Especially now, they need it more than ever," event coordinator Dan Robins said. "Law enforcement has been through it, lately, and they can never get enough praise."
The Tomoka Farms Village community and Spruce Creek Baptist Church partnered together to host the Faith, Friendship and First Responders event.
First responders from Volusia County Sheriff, Volusia County Fire and Daytona Beach Police were present. Fire trucks, law enforcement vehicles and boats were on display. There was bounce house fun for the kids and barbecue.
Robins is part of the Tomoka Farms Village community, and is spearheading a movement to bring the citizens of this area together. Robins runs the area's Facebook page "For The Village". He has been holding community meetings at Spruce Creek Baptist Church once a quarter to bring awareness to new concerns in the community. Issues such as crime, bridges, ditches and beautification of the area have been addressed at the meetings.
"There has been a lot of growth in the area and with that comes some crime," Robins said.
Pastor Steve Loy, of Spruce Creek Baptist Church, has allowed Robins to use the church's property for the village's community meetings and events.
"We love to connect with the community," Loy said. "God has put us here and we want to be supportive in any way we can."