The Waterford Township Police Department brought holiday cheer to nearly 90 children this Christmas season during its fifth annual “Shop With a Hero” event on Saturday, Dec. 17.
“The kids were full of excitement and very appreciative,” said Waterford Police Sergeant Scott Good. “They were concerned about making sure they bought gifts not only themselves, but for their siblings and other family members. Their hearts were full of giving to others ahead of receiving for themselves.”
The event was a collaboration between the department, Meijer, the Waterford Coalition for Youth, and the Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene.
Meijer’s sponsorship — along with contributions by community members, and officers and department staff — were key in pulling the event off this year that helped 86 children in need.
“It’s a humbling experience to shop with these kids,” Good said. “It makes you realize how less fortunate some of them are when it comes to the basics like coats, gloves, boots, etc.”
Students from two middle schools, a trio of high schools and seven elementary schools were identified by Waterford School District staff to grant them the opportunity to do up to $100 in holiday shopping with Waterford Township Police Department officers, dispatchers, and chaplains.
Students spent the morning shopping, visiting Santa (provided by Magic 105.1), and enjoying a snack.
Over 40 Waterford Coalition for Youth volunteers, both youths and adults, wrapped the gifts and assisted in taking pictures of the students with their shopping partner and Santa.