Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

December 26, 2012

Law enforcement, firemen help make Christmas merrier

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

Dec. 26, 2012 —     Children from across Carter County are having a slightly happier Christmas this year, thanks to some very special civil servants.

    The Kentucky State Police Post in Ashland, Grayson Police Department, Grayson Fire Department, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 72  have all treated groups of children to pizza and a little shopping for Christmas.

    The children are chosen with help of the resource offices at their schools and social services. Although the experience with each organization is a little different, each group generally holds a pizza party or has lunch of some kind, and takes the children shopping for themselves and their families.

    KSP took a group of 41 children from from Boyd, Lawrence, Carter and Greenup counties to participate in the event. The FOP treated 20 kids and GPD took 50.  Grayson Fire Department was able to treat 24 children.

    “This is such a good program,” Grayson Police Chief Ed Ginter said. “These kids get to buy a few things, and they usually choose to buy gifts for others. We all enjoy doing it.”

    This event provided these children with presents, food and a positive experience that may have not otherwise been possible. The money for the shopping trips comes from several local businesses, as well as individual donations and fundraisers throughout the year.

    “It’s totally worth it to see those little kids smile,” Grayson Fire Department Battalion Chief Kyle Morgan said. “Some of them don’t have a very good Christmas, or they have a pretty tough life. It is nice to be part of making sure they have a day that is just fun. They are kids and shouldn’t have to worry about anything else.”

    In a time when charitable donations are down across the country, these groups are glad that the local communities are so supportive.

    “We had 22 different businesses and local organizations help out this year,” Olive Hill Police Chief/ FOP #72 President Bobby Hall said. “We also had a lot of individuals, some of whom remained anonymous, who also contributed. There is no way we could continue this program without them.”

    Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.