Photos courtesy of the Huron Township Department of Public Safety
By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
The Huron Township Department of Public Safety made the holiday season much more bright for several local children during their Shop with a Hero event held Dec. 20.
Seven children were paired with a police officer or firefighter and were driven to Meijer in Flat Rock where they were given the opportunity to go on a shopping spree.
The children were given a private ride to the store in a police car or fire truck, and each child also received a brand new winter coat courtesy of the Huron Township Goodfellows.
“The staff of both departments really came together to make this a special night for these kids. There is no doubt that we are all one team working towards a common goal for this community,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.
In addition to the Shop with a Hero event, the department of public safety was able to do the following other random acts of kindness this season thanks to the generous contributions from the Huron community:
-A 7th Grade Renton Jr. High student was taken on a shopping spree by Director Robbins, Huron School Resource Officer Keith Nappo and Renton Teacher Karla Nash. She bought herself new clothes to wear to school and a Lego set that she said was the only thing she really wanted for Christmas.
-A Huron High School student was provided a brand-new Xbox One Video Game system by Bernie Yoscovits, his family, and XG Security Services. The student was then taken to GameStop where the community’s donations allowed him to purchase games for his new video game system. The student said that this was the first video game system that he had every had for himself and was now able to play with his friends in school.
-A Miller Family down on their luck was adopted by the Miller Elementary Secretarial Staff along with the Huron Township Dispatch Staff. They will receive all the fixings for a Christmas dinner, along with a visit from Santa with gifts on Christmas Morning.
-Huron Township Public Safety employees have been out delivering new bikes and toys to kids throughout the area and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the holiday season.
“The event just keeps getting bigger and better each year with more and more volunteers, many who have been here since the first year. The best part is that I don’t have to ask most of them each year, they call me to make sure I don’t forget them. I am not sure who enjoys this more, the kids or the adults,” Robbins said.
“I want to personally thank this community for making this program a possibility for these children. In many similar programs throughout the country, it is funded by corporations. What makes our program so special is that it is 100 percent funded by the great and giving people of our community. There is no better reason for a community to come together than to give a Christmas to kids who may not have had one otherwise.”
The department of public safety thanked dozens of community members for supporting their holiday giving in a special Facebook post.