Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteGrayson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jarrod Mudd and his daughters, Savannah and Addy Mudd, shopped with Tristan Minton during Saturday's Shop with a Cop.

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Grayson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jarrod Mudd and his daughters, Savannah and Addy Mudd, shopped with Tristan Minton during Saturday's Shop with a Cop.

Grayson County law enforcement's annual Shop with a Cop initiative continues to grow as the number of children who benefited this year more than doubled that of last year.

According to Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, local law enforcement and emergency responders were able to shop for about 94 needy kids this year, an increase of 54 children from last year, thanks to the financial contributions of the community.

Additionally, twice as many officers and volunteers took time to shop for gifts to help make the holiday brighter for those less fortunate.

Prior to Saturday's shopping trip to Walmart, about $14,900 was raised to shop for local children in need, but midway through the event, about $800 additional dollars were raised just from contributions made in the store.

"Events like this bring out the best in people," Chaffins said.

This year saw personnel from the Grayson County

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Sheriff's Office, Leitchfield and Clarkson Police Departments, Kentucky State Police, Grayson County Detention Center, Grayson County Central Dispatch, Animal Control, and the local K-9 unit help shop for necessities and toys for children in need.

Santa Claus himself also made an appearance to take pictures with children benefitted by the program.

Chaffins said no participating officer was paid for doing so; they donated their time to participate. Additionally, no child in need was turned away.

The program seeks to provide Christmas to children who might otherwise not have one. The children are referred by local Family Resource Centers, as well as families, friends, neighbors, and officers who notice need throughout the year.

Officials compare the list of children benefitted by Shop with a Cop to other giving programs, such as the Angel Tree, as well.

Chaffins, on behalf of the Shop with a Cop initiative, wished to thank everyone who donated to the program.

"We couldn't do this without our Grayson County citizens," Chaffins said.

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Grayson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jarrod Mudd and his daughters, Savannah and Addy Mudd, shopped with Tristan Minton during Saturday's Shop with a Cop.

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Leitchfield Police Department Detective Kevin Smith helps Patrick "Pappy" Rice pick out a coat.

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Leitchfield Police Chief Bryan Langdon, left, helped shop for Landen Payton during Saturday's Shop with a Cop.

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Grayson County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Sonny Poteet, right, smiles for the camera alongside Floyd Swift.

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Grayson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dylan Bohn, left, helps Mikaili McClure pick out a toy during the 2017 Shop with a Cop held Saturday morning.

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Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith shopped with the Prewitt family during this year's Shop with a Cop.

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Children benefitted by this year's Shop with a Cop had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

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Kentucky State Trooper Joey Beasley, left, and Kevin Boston take a break from shopping to pose for a photo.

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Leitchfield Police Department Captain Brandon Cook, right, and his shopping buddy, Alexander Dean, in cart, take a break to speak with Willena Skees.