Thursday, November 29, 2012

Season of giving

‘Holidays and Heroes’ Program Makes the Season Bright

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer

The holiday season is approaching bringing wonderful events and memories for our community members.

Although many of us will be celebrating with our families, others are not as fortunate. Sadly, some in our community do not have the basic necessities, let alone the opportunity to feel the joy of Christmas.

This year as in years past, officers from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, Rathdrum Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, Idaho State Police, Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, and numerous employee volunteers are proud to join together and participate in the ‘Holidays and Heroes’ program.

Police officers and firefighters volunteer their time to make this event special, and are happy to work in partnership with businesses, civic groups, and citizens in the surrounding area to make a disadvantaged child’s Christmas a little bit brighter.

The agencies will be following the same format as in prior years in which several police officers and firefighters will take children shopping for the day. Children’s names are provided to the organizers by School Resource Officers, school counselors, patrol officers, deputy sheriffs, or firefighters who have come into contact with a less fortunate child during the past year.

The event begins on December 16th. Children are picked up at their homes by a police officer in a patrol car and then taken to the Wal-Mart in the Spokane Valley or in Post Falls. Police and firefighters take the children through the store picking out Christmas gifts for the children and their families.  

After the shopping is complete, the children are taken to the Greyhound Park to visit with Santa. The Greyhound Park facility is provided free of charge for the event. While the children are meeting Santa, volunteers wrap their presents, and prepare large food baskets for the children’s families. At the end of the day, the officers load the presents and food into their patrol cars and take the children home. All of the officers and firefighters participating are volunteering their time.

Won’t you help?

‘Holidays and Heroes’ is now accepting cash donations and food items.

Drop-off locations are:
  • Spokane County Sheriff’s Office at 1100 W. Mallon Avenue and the Valley office at 12710 E. Sprague.
  • Post Falls Police Department at 1717 E. Polston Ave.
  • Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department at 5500 N. Government Way
  • Rathdrum Police Department at 8178 W. Main St.,
  • CdA Police Department at 3818 Schreiber Way
  • Kootenai County Fire Administration Office at 5271 E. Seltice Way
As more donations are provided, additional children can be put on our shopping list. Citizens are asked to make a food or cash donation at upcoming food drive events in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene where police and fire departments will be participating.