Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette VFW Post 12175 Trustee Erv Moore, right, presents the donations from the VFW's Grayson County Food Pantry food drive to Grayson County Alliance Executive Director Debbie Childress on Tuesday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

VFW Post 12175 Trustee Erv Moore, right, presents the donations from the VFW's Grayson County Food Pantry food drive to Grayson County Alliance Executive Director Debbie Childress on Tuesday.

Leitchfield VFW Post 12175, during its regular meeting Tuesday night, presented donations to a number of local initiatives and organizations, including the Grayson County Shop with a Cop program, the Grayson County Alliance, and the Grayson County Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Post Commander Leo Chisolm presented $500 donations to both Shop with a Cop and the Grayson County Alliance Food Pantry Tuesday night, and Post Trustee Erv Moore presented 452 pounds of food that was collected during the Leitchfield post's recent food drive to the food pantry, as well.

Chisolm said these donations represent the VFW members' efforts to give back to the community that supported them during their service.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins accepted the donation to Shop with a Cop and said that the program, which served 35 children its first year, will provide necessities and toys to 130 underprivileged and/or at-risk children in Grayson County.

Chaffins said that this year, law enforcement will spend $150 on each child benefited by Shop with a Cop, so he anticipates needing around $19,000 to fully fund the program. As of Tuesday, around $13,000 had been collected, with another $5,000 in donations expected to come in this weekend from the Falls 100 Ultra Trail Race in Falls of Rough.

Chaffins said Grayson County's Shop with a Cop program has never turned down any child, and officers do not anticipate doing so this year either.

"Organizations like this help us get there," said Chaffins, of the Leitchfield VFW post.

Grayson County Alliance Executive Director Debbie Childress accepted the donations on behalf of the food pantry, and said they will represent about 2,600 meals the food pantry can serve to those in need in Grayson County.

According to Childress, the Alliance serves around 172 veterans per year.

Following the initial presentation, another VFW member presented a check for an additional $250 to the Alliance food pantry and challenged Chaffins to do the same, a challenge Chaffins accepted.

Though the checks were not presented at Tuesday's meeting, VFW Post 12175 also donated $100 to both the boy scouts and girl scouts to benefit their shopping for the local Angel Tree, according to Chisolm.