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The Kentucky State Police Post 4 held its annual Shop With A Trooper event Dec. 19 and 20. Donations from area businesses and citizens enabled troopers to spend more than $14,080. Troopers shopped for more than 88 children and provided a pizza party for each of them. Approximately $150 was spent on each child at Walmarts in Hillview and Leitchfield, providing them with much needed clothing items as well as a few toys for Christmas.
Post 4 Detective John Vaughn said it best when he responded to a parent thanking troopers for shopping for her children. “We at the KSP too often deal with the bad side of society. The children whose innocence is ripped away from them, families who have their piece of mind stripped by a burglar, and lives that are cut short at the thoughtless hand of another. But for a few short hours every year, we are allowed to forget all the bad, and spend time with children from deserving families, and help to make their Christmases a little better and brighter. Their smiles and laughter are thanks enough for us.”
Businesses and citizens who donated to Shop With A Trooper this year were Walmart, Carl’s Auto Care, Swope Auto Center, Conder’s Army Surplus, Gold Star Realty, Kentucky State Police Professional Association, Jimmy Wickham-Kentucky Cooperage LP, Waste Transport Service, Vine Grove Body Shop, Lewis Auction Company, Nall’s Wrecker Service, Nall’s Specialized Hauling, First Federal Savings Bank, Mouser Custom Cabinetry, Doug’s Towing, Mackin Wrecker Service, Brown Funeral Home, 79 Auto Wrecker Service, HD Transportation, Gold City Towing, Grayson County Probation and Parole, Bluegrass Cellular, Mr. Gattis of Leitchfield, Brad and Rachel Riley, Paula Buckman, Fred and Sandy Bowen, Lona and Jack Baumgardner, Stephen Mouser, Bill and Marilyn Evans, Farah Buesing, Barbara Key, T. Steven and Judy Bland, Don and Brenda Creason, Glenda Sanders, Brent Williams, and Dennis and Cindy Higdon. Also, many other citizens donated and did not leave their name.