Shop with a Cop taking volunteers, donations


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The annual Shop with a Cop program, during which local police take underprivileged children to Walmart to shop for Christmas, is currently accepting donations and volunteers. Pictured: Leitchfield Police Department Detective Kevin Smith helps a young girl pick out shoes during a past Shop with a Cop.


Local law enforcement officials announced this week that they are now accepting donations and volunteers for this year’s Shop with a Cop program, which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19.

During the Monday, Nov. 16 Leitchfield City Council meeting, Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said Walmart had donated approximately $2,500 to the 2015 Shop with a Cop, an increase of about $1,500 from last year.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins is coordinating Shop with a Cop with Henderson and said that, this year, local police hope to be able to take up to 40 children in need shopping for Christmas through the program.

Chaffins said Grayson County has not always had a local Shop with a Cop program, but during his time with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), he participated in the agency’s similar Shop with a Trooper program every year.

After he retired from the KSP and joined the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) as School Resource Officer, Chaffins wanted to establish a local Shop with a Cop.

Shop with a Cop offers local children of underprivileged families the opportunity to be taken to Walmart by local law enforcement who will buy the children items such as clothes and toys.

It also affords local law enforcement the opportunity to show underprivileged children another, more positive side of the police than they might be used to.

“It’s a joy for us,” Chaffins said.

The first year Chaffin and Henderson coordinated a Shop with a Cop, the program benefitted around 15 to 20 local children, while the second year saw that number increase to 30 to 35.

Rough River Pizza Company has volunteered to feed all the children benefitted by this year’s Shop with a Cop for free, following the event, and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and LPD will pay for the food of any adults who volunteer to help with the event, Chaffins said.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to assist with Shop with a Cop or make a donation to the program should contact Henderson at the LPD by phone at 270-259-3850 or Chaffins at the GCSO by phone at 270-259-3024.

Also, those who wish to recommend either their own family or another family for consideration as beneficiaries of this year’s Shop with a Cop should call the GCSO and leave the family’s contact information. The GCSO will then contact the family personally to determine if there is a need.

Chaffins said that with the numerous other community programs that seek to benefit the underprivileged during the holidays, local law enforcement is looking to, ideally, benefit local families through Shop with a Cop whom are not already receiving assistance through another program.

In other business:

*City Councilmember William Dallas suggested recognizing community members whom have made efforts to beautify Leitchfield.

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Sowders will contact the individuals to be recognized, and the city will honor them at the next City Council meeting.

*The City Council approved closing the city’s current certificate of deposit (CD) and opening a new one at Fort Knox Federal Credit Union to receive a better rate.

*Dallas said he was contacted by two local individuals whom are having issues with their cable through Comcast; however, neither of them had contacted Comcast to file complaints.

Dallas and the City Council requested that any citizen who is having problems with his or her Comcast cable call the cable company and file a complaint; otherwise the issues will likely not be resolved.

“Please call if you’re having trouble with your cable,” he said.

Additionally, Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said any local citizens who are experiencing issues with the signal for local Channel 2 should also call Comcast because the City of Leitchfield has no control over the channel’s signal.

*The City Council ratified approval for Thomason to execute contract documents with McNutt Construction for American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The annual Shop with a Cop program, during which local police take underprivileged children to Walmart to shop for Christmas, is currently accepting donations and volunteers. Pictured: Leitchfield Police Department Detective Kevin Smith helps a young girl pick out shoes during a past Shop with a Cop.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Shop-with-a-Cop-8-1.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The annual Shop with a Cop program, during which local police take underprivileged children to Walmart to shop for Christmas, is currently accepting donations and volunteers. Pictured: Leitchfield Police Department Detective Kevin Smith helps a young girl pick out shoes during a past Shop with a Cop.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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