Banning, Beaumont Police to Take Local Children on 'Holiday Shopping Spree'

The police departments team up Saturday for their annual "Shop with a Hero" program that allows needy children to get $100 in gifts each.

More than 40 kids from the Pass area were eagerly awaiting Saturday morning, and for Christmas to come early this year.

The children first get to eat breakfast with some of our local "heroes," or police officers, and then head out from Nicolet Middle School in Banning to the Beaumont Walmart to shop, according to Banning Police Chief Leonard Purvis.

Purvis said that the kids will get to make the journey to Walmart in armored cars and firetrucks: they get to choose.

Before that, though, Purvis said Santa will make an appearance at the middle school via his new sleigh-- a helicopter.

The Banning department will sponsor 24 kids, while the Beaumont department has 22, Patch is told by organizers.  Each will be allowed to spend $100 at Walmart, while shopping with the police and other family "heroes" they may bring along.

The event was scheduled to run from 9 a.m. until noon.  Money for the program is all donated from local organizations and citizens, Purvis said.

Jim Smith December 09, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Great program!!! I heard all of the sirens today. Congratulations to all involved!!!
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 09, 2012 at 08:08 AM
The true giving spirit of Christmas!
concerned citizen December 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Those pictures are from last year. Where are the photos that were taken on Saturday?
ACH December 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
The children first get to eat breakfast with some of our local "heroes," or police officers..." The heroes are at it again! God bless them and all you small town folk!
monica lynn gaynor December 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
How are the children selected ??


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