Sunday, December 9, 2012

Santa Sighting - Shop with the Sheriff

It was that day of the year again where many local youngsters had the opportunity to purchase gifts and apparel for family members,  a day where Sheriffs deputies and staff became fashion experts, and a day filled with good will and good cheer for all.
Shop with the Sheriff is a program made possible through the generosity of the public, the planning of the Kent County Sheriff's Department, the support of dozens of Sheriff personnel, and the assistance of Walmart management and staff.
At 7:30 am Sunday morning, over 50 boys and girls were picked up by deputies driving sheriff vehicles from squad cars to mobile command units at the Sam's Club, and chauffeured to the adjacent Walmart store, sirens screaming and lights flashing.  The youngsters were assigned a deputy who assisted in purchasing apparel as gifts for members in their family.  Some deputies and officers proved wise by bringing their spouse of other family members along who were a bit more fashion conscious, but for the most part, the kids made the purchases. 
There were treats and Walmart's staff provided free gift wrapping.  Even the store director was in the act and applied bows to the wrapped presents.
Needless to say, the program has drawn the attention of many.  Not only does  Sheriff Larry Stelma himself show up for this program, but even Santa Claus empties his busy schedule on this day in order to attend this wonderful event.
Santa's intinerary includes a scheduled stop next Saturday December 15 at 9:30 am at the old train Depot in Dwight Lydel Park. He will be coming in by train. He also plans to be at the Salvation Army's  Little Pine Island Camp for breakfast that morning. From 9:30 – 12:00 PM, participants will join Santa himself for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Cost: $2.50 per person / $10 per family.
To order tickets or if you have any questions call Les at (616) 784-1404 ext. 211.



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