Shop With A Hero: The History
You may have seen it mentioned, maybe even took part in one way or another, but do you really know the whole story about Shop With A Hero? It’s not the first of its kind and with a challenge at hand, it won’t be the last.
A group of former Byrnes Mill Police Officers brought the idea to Byrnes Mill Police Department in 2013 after hearing of a similar program in another area. The mission is simple – to help kids and their families [who may not otherwise] have a better holiday season. The first year they were able to help two families; a total of three children. The program, which grew slowly at first, has now given the Byrnes Mill Police Department the chance to make the holiday season a little brighter for over 70 children.
Children who currently reside in the 63049 or 63051 zip codes are eligible to sign up. Names are provided by Family Services, local schools and churches, COMTREA or by personal recommendations and are added to a list at the Department. They then narrow down the list by cross referencing names with other area organizations to remove duplicate names while also honing in on the most important needs.
Based on the available funds, the Byrnes Mill Police Department will work off of their final list of names, which is when the fun begins!
After choosing a date to shop, 'Heroes' will meet families at the High Ridge Walmart where they are paired up with one another. Children are given a budget of $100 each in which to choose whatever they’d like.
Once the shopping is done, all of the gifts are wrapped by members of Point of Refuge Church. The children are then invited to a banquet, where they receive their gifts along with a great meal.
It takes a whole team to put together an event of this magnitude -- from the caring vision of the former team to the community supporters who take part every year.
Special Thanks goes to friends at Spring Hills Presbyterian Church and Point of Refuge Church, Walmart in High Ridge for providing shopping “helpers” and a private check-out lane, Fore Honor Golf & Event Center for use of the space, volunteers and everyone who contributes to the success of Shop With A Hero.
If you’re interested in making a financial contribution to help make the holidays a little brighter for some deserving children, please send your check made payable to Spring Hills Presbyterian Church to:
Spring Hills Presbyterian Church
6247 Upper Byrnes Mill Road
Byrnes Mill, MO 63051
Attn: Shop With A Hero
Be sure to put “Shop With A Hero” in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for all your support!