Outpouring of donations to help an officer’s cause prompts police to help others

Giles community show what community giving really means

GILES COUNTY, Va. – An officer’s goodwill to help a family in need has sparked an outpouring of support across the New River Valley, especially in Giles County.

Last week, 10 News featured the effort of Sgt. Danny Ratcliffe, of the Pearisburg Police Department, to raise money and donations for a family in need.

Ratcliffe took to Facebook asking for the community’s help after he responded to a call where he met a single mom and her six children. Despite doing the best she could, Ratcliffe said she was struggling. This story online as well as his original post has been shared hundreds of times.

Ratcliffe told 10 News he collected more than $1,000 in two days from generous community members, plus gift cards and $500 worth of groceries.

The response has been so great, the Pearisburg Police Department posted on its Facebook page and is now looking for more families it can help this holiday.

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