Combined, the Grayson County Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 81 shopped for approximately 126 local children in need through their respective Shop with a Knight and Shop with a Veteran programs this past weekend.
For their sixth annual Shop with a Knight, 47 Grayson County Knights of Columbus volunteers took 90 children to Walmart to shop for Christmas on Friday night, Dec. 11.
“To us, it’s a blessing,” said Robby Higdon, of the Knights of Columbus.
The local Knights of Columbus benefitted an equal number of children from all Grayson County schools through Shop with a Knight, per the recommendation of Tracy Dennison, of Central Kentucky Community Action Council.
Dennison, who receives children’s names based on the recommendations of parents, teachers, and others, researches whether the child is truly in need and is also not already being benefitted by another program.
After the screening process, Dennison compiles lists of items that the children need, and the Knights of Columbus purchase the items, as well as a toy for the children, Higdon said.
On behalf of the Knights of Columbus, Higdon wished to thank all of the local individuals and businesses whom donated to this year’s Shop with a Knight, as well as Wendy Haycraft, who drives the Knights’ bus every year, takes the children to see the local Christmas lights, and also helps with shopping.
The following morning, (Saturday, Dec. 12), American Legion Post 81 in Leitchfield held its sixth annual Shop with a Veteran program, which benefitted 36 local children thanks in part to a $2,400 grant from Walmart.
According to Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, about 10 veterans, as well as members of the Post 81 Ladies Auxiliary travelled to Walmart to shop for local children in need.
Post 81’s Shop with a Veteran program was started in 2009 by the previous Post 81 Commander, Tim Elliott.
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