PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg Police Department will sponsor Blue Lights in the ‘Burg, a 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Shop with a Cop program on Saturday. The event will support of the Prestonsburg Police Department’s annual “Shop with a Cop” event. All runners will be given blue glow sticks to light up the night, courtesy of Prestonsburg 911 Dispatch Center. The race will begin at 8 p.m.
The first 75 participants to sign up will receive a t-shirt. The Race will be divided into categories, with each category having a male and female winner and runner-up. Race categories are 12 and under, 13 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and 50-plus. Teams are also encouraged to participate. The first 200 participants to finish the race will receive a finisher medal. To enter as a team (five runners) is $100 pre-registered, $125 the day of the race. To enter as an individual is $25 pre-registered or $30 the day of the race. All proceeds will go directly to benefit the Shop with a Cop program.
“It is a real treat to be a part of this program and see the children’s reaction and excitement when they receive their gifts. We have experienced in the past, many children would take their designated money and want to spend it on gifts for their siblings. Now we give each child selected for the program $100 and each of their siblings $50,” said Will Holbrook, Prestonsburg Police.
The program is an event children, families, and police officers look forward to each year. The day begins at the Mountain Arts Center, where children and their families are greeted and provided lunch. The children choose what officer they want to shop with. The officers meet the children and families at Walmart for the shopping trip.
Each child is give $100 to spend anyway they choose. Each of their siblings are given $50 to spend on a gift of their choice. In addition to the money children are gifted with new socks and shoes, typically three outfits, a winter coat and toboggan. In addition to the new duds, children also typically receive a blanket and pillow as well as two or three surprise gifts. The Prestonsburg Police Department also work with sponsors who buy each child a new bicycle. At the end of the event, each family is sent home with a food basket with all the fixings for a Christmas dinner.
Sponsors for the event include Darrell L. Patton Insurance, Inc., Coverall of Eastern Kentucky, Sign Guys Graphics and Window Tinting, East Kentucky Gun and Pawn, Thomas Hereford Co. – Borders of Prestonsburg, Pop’s Chevrolet, Sparkling Car Wash and Detailing, D & D Lawn Care the and City of Prestonsburg.
Last year, Prestonsburg Police Department supported 57 children and approximately 20 families. For more information, contact officer Will Holbrook or the Prestonsburg Dispatch Center at 606-886-1010.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.