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Churches rally to support Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

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CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - Montgomery County churches are coming together to support the sheriff's office when things get tough.

For the last month, Belmont Christian Church and GraceLife Baptist Church have been collecting food and drink donations for deputies when they get an extended or dangerous call. Many times, officers are not able to leave their assignments to get meals.

This project was organized by the newly formed sheriff's office citizen support group.

"Police officers get thrown into the worst possible situations, and they have to make split second decisions," said Belmont associate pastor Jerry Dowdy. "They work really hard to do a good job. We're very grateful for all that they do, and we just want to show our support."

So far, around 1,000 items have been collected.