PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg Motorsports, Prestonsburg Tourism and Paintsville Tourism presented another day of racing at Combs Airport on Saturday. All proceeds from the Combs Airport Arm Drop Drags’ latest raceday supported the Prestonsburg Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program.
The Shop with a Cop program benefits many area families. With the economy still in a decline, and decent jobs becoming few and far between, events like Shop with a Cop put on by the city of Prestonsburg bring out the best in people and demonstrate true Christmas spirit.
Each year, the City of Prestonsburg holds the event at the Mountain Arts Center.
“The resource center at each county grade school selects the children in most need to participate in the program,” said Prestonsburg Police Chief Larry Woods. “Last year, each child selected got to spend $100 at Walmart, a new bike and new clothes.”
Last year’s Shop with a Cop event treated 20 families and nearly 50 children to a day of fun. The children, along with their families, were treated to a lunch featuring pizza and photos with Santa at the Mountain Arts Center before going on a shopping trip at Walmart.
“Programs such as Shop with a Cop make Christmas a little easier for my family,” said Brittany Looney, a local mother. “I am a single mom, raising Peyton, my son, alone. Seeing the smile on his face when he was shopping and knowing he is going to have a wonderful Christmas thanks to the generosity of the Prestonsburg City Police Department last year made my Christmas better.”
The event is put together each year in cooperation with the Prestonsburg Police Department, Prestonsburg Fire Department, City Hall staff and Prestonsburg Dispatch.
Fundraising events such as the Blue Lights in the Burg, a 5K Saturday night event last April where approximately 75 individuals participated and last weekend’s race help make Shop with a Cop possible. All proceeds collected at each fundraiser benefit this year’s Shop with a Cop program.
Saturday’s winner of the Last Man Standing race was Chris Harvey of Inez. Winner of Top Speed (fastest car by radar) was Willard Kinzer.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.