By Sue Moore
Ten youngsters from the Vicksburg area were treated to a Shop with a Hero day, getting help selecting Christmas presents for their families. The heroes were from the South Kalamazoo Fire Authority, the South County EMS, and the Vicksburg and Schoolcraft Police Departments. The location was Meijer’s store on Shaver Road.
Each child received a $200 gift card to shop for their families for Christmas and also received a holiday food basket from LIFE EMS. The 10 heroes volunteered their time to escort the children through the shopping experience.
South County Community Services chooses the youngsters and their families to receive this fun and rewarding experience, according to Danna Downing who heads the service agency. “It is a thrill of a lifetime for the children and their families,” she said.
The officers pictured volunteer their time each year and love to do it, according to Eric West, Vicksburg police chief. Those participating included Loretta Brundige and Dan Elliott from SKCFA; Ally West and Chris Koeneke from South County EMS; Mary Secondi and Jamie Edwards from the Schoolcraft Police Department; Mark Petersen and Henry Kite from the Vicksburg Police Department.