December 3, 2015 Chesterfield, Mi. About 25 Local kids who might have had a less than happy holiday got some Christmas cheer with Local Heroes in what has become a tradition for 15 years now.
Underprivileged kids were selected from the local schools to attend who were then given gift cards by Meijer for anything that they needed. The kids then teamed up with Police officers, Fire Fighters, Ambulance crews and members of the U.S. Coast Guard to do some shopping and spending time with each other.
It was a resounding success for all involved. The Voice did a great story on line about it and has quite a few photos on line regarding it.
Syyonna Smith, a seventh-grader at L’Anse Creuse Middle School East, attended the event with her brother CJ, a fourth-grader at Green Elementary, and her father Chris. Smith said she was looking forward to finding the perfect gifts for her brother, father and stepmother. She said “I’m just happy to be around my family and seeing all the police and firemen here helping,” she said. “I think it’s a really good idea.”
Officers as well were happy to be there “I think it’s important for us to be in the community and be with the kids,” said Chesterfield Township police officer Matt McPhillips, McPhillips was joined at the event by fellow department members Amanda DePape and Lt. Ken Franks. “I look forward to it every year,” DePape said. “I love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces.” “The kids get to see us in a different light,” added Franks, who has participated in the program for the past 15 years. “It shows them a different side of police work.”
Over a dozen employees of Meijer donated their time toward the event which included a pizza party and a visit from Santa.