‘Shop With a Hero’ Program Makes Christmas Brighter for Underprivileged Children

| December 16, 2018

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – Several agencies from throughout the area participated in the annual “Shop With a Hero” event held at the Cranberry Walmart last week.

The event was held on Monday, December 10.

This year, 31 young people participated and were matched with uniformed heroes from multiple first responding agencies as well as members of the US Army and Marine Corps.

Trooper Michelle McGee of Franklin-based State Police and Jessica Walters of Family Service & Children’s Aid Society (FS&CAS) partnered to host the event.

The youth were identified through FS&CAS and had to complete an essay or draw a picture indicating what shopping with a hero would mean to them. The winners selected to participate earned a $100 Walmart gift card to shop for necessities and Christmas gifts.

In addition, the youth were given a t-shirt and Subway gift card to share a meal with their hero while they shopped.

“I think it’s such a great event,” Trooper McGee said. “The kids seem to have a really wonderful time.”

Funding was provided by the “Walmart Gives Foundation” as well as donations from local civic groups.

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