Local first responders brighten holidays for children with Shop with a Hero event

Sgt. Matt Rogers of the Michigan State Police Drive Track, Lansing, enjoys participating in Shop With A Hero.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) and Cedar Springs Police Department hosted a “Shop With A Hero” event on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Meijer in Cedar Springs. Twenty-one children from 10 families participated in this event.

Meijer donated over $1,000 and provided pizza and drinks for the families that were in attendance. Each child received a $50 gift card and were partnered with an officer. The officer took the child around the store and helped the child pick out gifts for themselves for Christmas. Families were identified through local schools and a local service center. Families targeted were those that were struggling financially during this holiday season.

MSP officers from the MSP Training Academy (Lansing), Bomb Squad (Grand Rapids Lab), Rockford Post, and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (6th District Headquarters) participated in this event along with Cedar Springs Police Officers and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy Jayson VanDyke, F./Lt. Chris McIntire of the Michigan State Police-Rockford Post, and Sgt. Ed Good of the Cedar Springs Police Department volunteer their time to shop with kids.

 

Sgt. Joe Roney of the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad, Grand Rapids, helps children shop for Christmas gifts.

 

Trooper Doug Carey of the Michigan State Police Rockford Post is happy to help local families this holiday season.

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent is glad to participate in this year’s Shop With a Hero event.


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