“We’re trying to get together and host a community event,” said outlets security director Kelley Maxwell. “We’ve updated the playground a little bit and brought out our community service people. We have fire and rescue here. We have Lebanon police here teaching child safety, and we have U.S. Army recruiters here.”
“We really just wanted to bring them together and show that we are family oriented. We want to bring the community out, and let them know we are here, and we want to see them more often.”
Lebanon Premium Outlets took its old playground apart and reconstructed it, staining the wood and making other improvements. They also plan to bring more sand in for the playground surface.
Maxwell said she hoped for about 200 children during the event, and that “it’s getting a little busy, so I think we’ll do pretty good.”
Sgt. Jedidiah L. Gallina was one of two recruiters who came out to let people know the advantages of becoming a U.S. Army soldier.
“We’re out here recruiting, and we also want to show support for the community and the Lebanon Outlets,” he said. “It’s important to be a part of the community to show your face and let them know they have friends in the community and to let them know the military is out here and we have jobs.”
He said recruiting went well.
“There are a lot of people who want to serve their country,” Gallina said.
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