LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Twenty-five kids with the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club went on a holiday shopping spree this year. They were awarded one hundred dollars each to make some of their Christmas wishes come true.
Each was paired with one of Lubbock’s first responders as part of the Heroes and Helpers event Target has hosted since 2009.
“It’s just a great, great partnership. We are happy to be here,” said Rachel Elbert with the Boys and Girls Club.
Elbert says the kids are happy to be away from the books and reading the hallways.
“They were happy to buy,” Elbert said. “The children are happy not to go to school, but they are very happy to shop and buy things. Some of them sacrifice themselves and buy for their parents.”
Members of the Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Fire Rescue and EMS helped the children choose their favorite stocking stuffers.
“We’re looking to get them pajamas, toys, all kinds of things for Christmas,” said Chief Steven Bergen.
Officer Bergen was paired with Patience, who talked about one of the gifts she hadn’t put on her list yet.
“Puppy,” said Patience. “I wanted a puppy. My mother doesn’t allow me to get it.”
Patience couldn’t buy a puppy, but she did manage to make one four-legged friend while picking out her Christmas items. Justice the service dog helped him sniff out the cute toys.
Picked up something for him and his friends to play with.
“He wanted basketball,” Bergen said. “So he said ‘I’m going to get basketball.’ So I said go.”
Patience was recently on the competitive basketball team at the Boys and Girls Club
“We won the cup,” said Patience.
With a new ball in the basket, Patience may be on the way to another winning campaign.
“Yes, Patience was in one of the winning teams. She is a sweet girl. He is ready for next year.”
Chief Bergen says he hopes these first responders who answered Santa’s helpers can show kids who the good guys are.
“Being able to have good and fun communication is always good for us.”
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