Children in need enjoy shopping spree with first responders

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    Youngsters greeting Santa at the Alderwood Target.
    A youngster greeting Santa at the Alderwood Target. (Photos by David Carlos)
    Santa with his first fan in line.
    Santa with his first fan in line.

    Approximately 120 children in need were treated to a holiday shopping trip with a first responder during the seventh annual South Snohomish County Shop with a Cop and First Responders event at the Alderwood Mall Target store Wednesday night. The event was sponsored by the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation, the charitable arm of Red Onion Burgers in Mountlake Terrace.

    A group shot of all participants including Red Onion Burgers owner Seaun Richards and wife LaRae.
    A group shot of all participants including Red Onion Burgers owner Seaun Richards and wife LaRae, kneeling in front.

    According to Red Onion Burgers owner Seaun Richards, about 40 representatives from local law enforcement, fire and military agencies participated in the event.

    First responders escort children as they shop.
    A solider escorts a child.
    An officer helps a family shop.
    A police officer helps a family.

    Each child was given a $50 gift card and paired with a first responder for a holiday shopping spree for themselves and/or family members. Santa Claus arrived by fire truck and Target provided snacks and drinks for the children and family members.

    Shop with a Cop and First Responders is funded through donations from local businesses and individuals in South Snohomish County.

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    Santa with law enforcement, first responders and a pirate from Treasure Island.

     

    2 COMMENTS

    1. wow how sweet .. kudos first responder ….I wish I would’ve known about such a blessing of kindness was offered….I know 2 young boys (9 and 5) who truly would of loved such a event just to be able to see santa …merry christmas




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