Well deserving children got a surprise that is sure to make their Christmas one they will always remember.
Thirty-two underprivileged children from the city of Oxnard were invited to participate in the Heroes and Helpers event. It paired the elementary school children up with a uniformed officer or firefighter from the City of Oxnard. The children then were given a $200 shopping spree at the Target at The Collection in Oxnard. The children also got to eat breakfast with their hero, take photos with Santa and make holiday crafts.
The participants are allowed to spend the $200 anyway they chose. Many decide to buy gifts not just for themselves but their whole family.
“They don’t do it just for themselves, my “helper” Ashley is shopping for her bothers and sisters and cousins and what not. So we are not just helping one child on Christmas we are helping lots of children to enjoy Christmas and I think that is very important,” said Brian Bishop with the Oxnard Police Department.
Target helped the $200 stretch by eating the tax and taking 20 percent off the entire purchase.