Despite the frigid weather, nearly thirty runners and walkers filled the streets of Barbourville October 28 to participate in the inaugural Halloween Hustle 5K, showing off costumes, joining the festivities and supporting a great cause.
All proceeds from the Crave sponsored 5K went to Barbourville City Police’s Shop with a Cop program. This year, the event raised enough money to expand the program’s operations.
“Everyone was amazed at the support and we definitely plan on doing the 5K again,” said Mayor David Thompson.
This year, the BPD plans to take one large group to Walmart in mid-December and have the children pick out a toy. They will then be brought back to the Barbourville Fire Department for a meal. As part of their efforts to expand the program, from mid-December through Christmas Eve, the BPD plans to help other city and county children on an individual basis, working with social services and schools.
While giving back to the needy and deserving children is one major goal of this program, officers also want to focus on their repertoire with children in the community.
“Most of those kids need to be around police offices to see that they aren’t just bad guys who tear families apart,” continued Mayor Thompson. “We want the children to feel supported by police officers, not threatened by them.”
While the 5K is over, it is not too late to make donations to the Shop with a Cop program. BPD is asking businesses and community members to either make a monetary donation or donate a wrapped gift for a boy or girl. The more donations that come in, the more children they can help this Christmas.
If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, call BPD at 546-3441.