Gladwin County emergency responders gathered at the Gladwin Rural Urban Fire Hall on Friday, December 17 to distribute gifts as part of the annual Shop with a Hero event put on by Crime Stoppers.
This year, over 50 kids were shopped for, and the gifts were distributed by local emergency responders including the Gladwin Fire Department, Beaverton Fire Department, Beaverton City Police Department, Gladwin City Police Department, Secord, Butman and Billings fire departments, Gladwin County Animal Shelter, Michigan State Police and MyMichigan EMS.
Normally, these responders would shop with the children, spend some one-on-one time with them, and take them out for a lunch.
However, due to COVID-19 precautions, the event changed this year to a shop and distribute program for the safety of the children and responders.
The children are selected by school staff, and each selected child then writes a Christmas wish list, which the Crime Stoppers then shop for.
Even though the event couldn’t be held in a traditional manner, the Crime Stoppers Board was thankful they were able to give over 50 local children a Christmas. The average for previous years was 40.
Gladwin County Crime Stoppers is able to provide a special day for children with the help of our community, businesses, and public service departments.
They put on events such as their well-known basketball game that pits local law enforcement officers against Detroit Lions football players. These events generate funding for programs such as Shop with a Hero.
The funding also allows Crime Stoppers to assist local law enforcement by providing them with equipment and the means to better serve the public.
Currently, the Crime Stoppers Board is looking at assisting law enforcement with better securing the local schools.
To donate to Crime Stoppers, you may send a tax deductible check to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 35, Gladwin, MI 48624.