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Holiday Heroes event spreads cheer to local students in need

Holiday Heroes from the Gig Harbor Police Department and Washington State Patrol pose with the children they took shopping and Target staff at the Gig Harbor Target on Dec. 8.
Holiday Heroes from the Gig Harbor Police Department and Washington State Patrol pose with the children they took shopping and Target staff at the Gig Harbor Target on Dec. 8. Courtesy

Holiday festivities are quickly spreading around town, and the Gig Harbor Police Department is not missing its chance to spread some cheer.

The department held its 11th annual Holiday Heroes event Dec. 8, which benefits local children ages seven to 11.

The 10 children chosen to participate in the event are all from within the Peninsula School District boundaries, according to Chief Kelly Busey.

“(We) identify a group of kids who may not have what the other kids have,” Busey said.

The day began at the Cheney Branch of the Boys and Girls Club where volunteers from the Senior Center cooked a pancake breakfast.

Joyce Schultz, coordinator for the Senior Center, said they always ask for volunteers from the senior program.

“It’s a good intergenerational thing,” she said of the event. “It’s really such a cool thing.”

Each child was paired with an officer from either the Gig Harbor Police Department or a trooper from the Washington State Patrol and taken shopping at the Gig Harbor Target store.

The children purchased items for themselves along with gifts for their family.

Members from the Gig Harbor Soroptimist Club helped the children wrap their gifts and then the children were taken for a tour of the Gig Harbor Police Station.

A spaghetti lunch back at the Boys and Girls Club and a ride back to school — in a police car — finished the day.

The event was supported by the Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund and many other community sponsors.

“We received very gracious community donations,” Busey said.

Other sponsors for the event include the Gig Harbor Target, Galaxy Theatre, Starbucks, Gig Harbor Council member Michael Perrow and Mandy Silver.

“It’s been great,” Busey said of the event. “The kids this year were the best group we’ve had. They were very polite and so thankful.”

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

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