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"Shop with a Hero" helps kids and law enforcement get into the holiday spirit

{ }The event is not only meant to help tackle Christmas lists but also gives these local heroes a chance to connect with people in their community (Photo credit: James Tyler)

20 children from Saginaw are shopped at the Birch Run Meijer to pick out gifts for themselves and their families with help from local law enforcement.

This was all part of their annual "Shop with a Hero" program.

The children each received a $100 Meijer gift card as well as a pizza party and a visit with Santa.

Each holiday season, Meijer hosts more than 100 "Shop with a Hero" events, which pair children in need with area law enforcement personnel to shop for holiday gifts.

Many of the shoppers have gone through a traumatic experience that they are still trying to come to terms with.

The event was not only meant to help tackle Christmas lists but also gives these local heroes a chance to connect with people in their community.



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