2020 Shopping With a Hero

Most everyone has an image of Santa Claus.  A hefty guy with full white hair and beard. A guy in a red suit with white fur trim.

Recently, that image was changed for about 75 youngsters in the Sylvania School District.

In a program coordinated by Sylvania Area Family Services, Sylvania Township firefighters and police officers visited the homes of those youngsters with a Christmas stocking with candy and treats including gift cards to Walmart or Meijer stores.

Lt. Sarah Toth, of the Sylvania Township Police Department, said officers were sorry when it was determined that the pandemic would cause a cancelation of this year’s Shopping With a Hero excursion where youngsters go shopping at those stores with police and firefighters.

 “We worked together to figure out that if we couldn’t do that with them, we’d go to them,” Mary Helen Darah, a volunteer with SAFS, said .

Dottie Segur, executive director of the agency, said, “We were so worried that we couldn’t all get together for shopping this year, but it worked out.

“The kids were just delighted when the police and firefighters arrived at each home,” she said.

Although traveling to the youngster’s homes was a positive experience for everyone, both Ms. Segur and Lt. Toth said they look forward to next year when they hopefully will be able to congregate at the stores.

Police officers from the City of Sylvania also delivered the Christmas stockings.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: December 16, 2020

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