“Just really excited”: children find Christmas presents with help from local law enforcement

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The kids in the Northwest Interior had their shopping lists and had help double-checking them.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies took 30 kids shopping Sunday morning at Walmart in Spokane Valley. Members picked up the kids from home and filled their carts with everything they wanted to ensure everyone had a great vacation.

“I felt like I was an adult and I could do things on my own,” said Blaze Tidwell. He is 10 years old and is shopping for his mother and three sisters.

While Tidwell was shopping, Secret Santa’s was looking for special gifts for him. The Holiday and Heroes event is a 20-year tradition that continues to spread the joy of Christmas.

“It’s just a big event not only for the officers but for the community, for the kids who attend it, a chance for them to have a good Christmas and to kind of get into a good place for the holidays,” Spokane Valley Police Chief Dave Ellis said. “I think everyone needs this right now.”

Gifts aren’t the only things kids can take home. Each family receives a full meal and everything they need for their holiday dinner.

This event also allows MPs to monitor children and see how school is going. This allows them to create meaningful memories with the youth in the community. School trustees have named students they think may need a little more holiday cheer.

” Even if he [his school counselor] told me in October, I was really excited, ”Tidwell added. “I just wanted it to be today.”

Law enforcement in northern Idaho also took the children shopping. The event is made possible through the support of Walmart and donations from the community. Ellis says that next year they hope to serve more children and make the event bigger and better.

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