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National Night inspires people to get involved

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It has been nearly a year since Jennifer Hayes' two children ages 21 and 32 were shot in their front yard leaving a memory that still haunts the family to this day.

"It made them more aware of the people that they were surrounding themselves with, and it would help them realize who was for them and who was not," Hayes said.

Looking back a year later, Hayes says she's thankful that her children survived the horrific ordeal. The thought that someone could do something like this to anyone still makes her sick.

"For someone to have such disregard for life that they would actually drive through a neighborhood and shoot at people," Hayes said.

She counts her blessings, happy that her children are safe and that some good did come out of the situation. Jennifer became more involved with neighborhood watch group and the community. Making sure that more parents won't have to endure the same pain she did.

"I want to make a difference, it doesn't have to be known that I'm doing it, I just want to make a difference no matter how small it is. I don't think you have lived life until you have touched somebody," Hayes said.

Hayes looks to events that bring the community together, like the annual National Night Out. She says having the support of local law enforcement could help turn a community around quicker.

She and her children live everyday to the fullest because they know firsthand that tomorrow isn't promised.

"We should take every day and revel in it and realize how wonderful it is to be alive."

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