Local man starts fundraiser to benefit police

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

A Leitchfield man has started a new fundraiser encouraging the community to band together to benefit local law enforcement agencies.

Travis Stewart started selling wristbands at $5 a piece to support local law enforcement after he saw the reputation of police in the country and as a way to benefit his community and bring it together.

Stewart coordinated with all four police agencies in Grayson County—the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and the Leitchfield, Clarkson, and Caneyville police departments—and garnered their support when initiating the fundraiser.

“Every cent of the proceeds will be evenly divided among the four agencies,” said Stewart, adding that the project is completely non-profit for him.

He ordered 500 of the wristbands and, within three weeks, had sold several hundred of them. Stewart looks to continue to sell them through October or until he runs out of the initial stock of wristbands.

The proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will primarily benefit local law enforcement’s charitable activities, such as Shop with a Cop; however, Stewart said, if a law enforcement agency does not have such a program, the funds can also be used for the purchase of equipment or however the agency sees fit.

Additionally, Stewart hopes to expand the wristband fundraiser in the future to also benefit the local fire departments, including their annual Shop with a Firefighter event.

The wristbands can be purchased at the GCSO, Center Court, Salon Headquarters, Linda’s Hair Salon, and K’s Cafe, or by contacting Stewart directly through Facebook.

“I couldn’t do it without the businesses’ helping,” Stewart said.

Shop with a Cop and Shop with a Firefighter are local law enforcement’s and firefighters’ respective initiatives to take local underprivileged children shopping for toys and necessities during the Christmas season.

By Matt Lasley


Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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