Des Moines, Iowa Thursday, December 15, 2022 – Dozens of police and firefighters were on holiday Wednesday evening.
The Holidays with Heroes program gave 40 local children the opportunity to shop with first responders helping them choose gifts for their families and themselves at the Merle Hay Mall Target.
“This is one of the biggest events we do every year,” Des Moines Police Lieutenant Tina Kalar said. other families.”
Children are assigned a first responder counselor and share a meal with them before shopping for their families and wrapping presents to take home.
“It’s amazing the smiles on their faces as they run down the aisles shopping for their families,” said Des Moines Fire Medic Hali VanVelzen. “It’s so nice to connect with them, get to know them and be able to spend this time helping really amazing kids.”
The Holidays with Heroes event is made possible thanks to volunteers and financial support from the following organizations:
- The REAL Santa (Rex Coble)
- Iowa State Patrol
- Iowa Army National Guard
- Iowa Air National Guard
- The World of Finance
- Family and friends of the Des Moines Police Activities League
- Conlin Properties
- Identify Heroes & Help Program
- Target Des Moines Local Stores
- Des Moines Police Activities League
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About the City of Des Moines
The city of Des Moines is the capital of Iowa and our 17 departments serve more than 214,000 residents and 52 neighborhood associations. Des Moines is a leader in sustainability and provides its residents with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant and active city, and many recreational opportunities.
Des Moines continuously improves neighborhoods, public safety and quality of life by providing exceptional city services and reliable infrastructure while fostering an engaged and compassionate community for all who visit and live in Des Moines.
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