The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office will be sending out letters to area businesses in the coming week as part of an effort to raise funds for the agency’s crime prevention program.


GCSO Capt. Sarah Bigham said the donation drive will be hosted jointly with the National Child Safety Council and the funds raised will be used to secure the purchase of public safety education materials, which the sheriff’s office will hand out at community events throughout the year.


“If businesses could help, that would be great,” Bigham said. “It provides funding for programs that go back to benefit the community.”


Bigham said the sheriff’s office has previously partnered with the NCSC for the benefit of the crime prevention program, but explained that their cooperation was renewed after GSCO administration decided to revamp the program two years ago after a hiatus. While Bigham said the sheriff’s office didn’t have a specific dollar amount in mind, all the money collected will be used to purchase everything from children’s coloring books to brochures discussing 911 communication tips, home security, disaster preparedness and many other public safety topics.


“There’s information for everybody, really,” Bigham said. “There’s something for seniors, for adults, for teenagers, for kids.”


The GCSO captain said the agency will accept mail-in donations as well as those delivered in person to the department’s headquarters in Sherman. Bigham said any business that does not receive a letter but would still like to donate to the program, is welcome to do so. Private donations will also be accepted.


“If the community members are more aware of the different things going on around them and how they can help prevent crime, it helps reduce the number of calls we have to go and the number of crimes committed,” Bigham said. “If we discourage crime, it’s less likely to happen here and that’s ultimately what we want.”


Those looking to make a donation or for additional information about the crime prevention program are encouraged to email Capt. Sarah Bigham at bighams@co.grayson.tx.us or call 903-813-4530.