Heroes and Helpers gathered outside Target.

Heroes and Helpers: Kids Shop With First Responders

Thanks to FoodSmith and West St. Paul Chiropractic for their support.

Last week first responders took local kids holiday shopping as part of the Heroes and Helpers program. The West St. Paul Police Department and South Metro Fire teamed up for the event, along with other local organizations. This year’s event helped 39 families and 68 kids.

Students from Garlough Environmental Magnet School and Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School were paired up with a police officer or fire fighter to buy presents for their family. They shopped at Target and Walmart and then had an opportunity to eat, wrap presents, and play games or watch a movie.

A big thank you for this year’s effort goes to the West St. Paul Police Department, South Metro Fire, 360 Communities family support workers, staff at Moreland and Garlough elementary schools, Target, Walmart, Dunham’s, AMVETS, South Robert Street Business Association, and volunteers from West St. Paul and family members of the West St. Paul Police Department for wrapping gifts.

Photos courtesy of West St. Paul Police Department.

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