PATERSON, NJ – The Center City Mall is offering to donate 5,000 hot dogs for the August 7 National Night Out events in Paterson.

After reading a story Tuesday afternoon on PatersonPress.com about the city’s inability to continue its practice of supplying hot dogs for the community anti-crime events, Ekaterina (Kat) Valiotis, director of property management for the mall’s management company, picked up the phone.

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“The story broke my heart,’’ said Valiotis. “So Center City Mall will donate 5,000 hot dogs, their corresponding buns and the condiments. I will deliver them myself.’’

Valiotis said she would reach out to city officials to arrange for the delivery of the goods.