Shop with A Hero

Walmart in Fort Gratiot hosted Shop with A Hero this past weekend where first responders helped children shop for Christmas. Walmart’s Store Manager, Nicole, is new to the area and contacted Fire Chief, Patrick Smith, to partner and make the event happen as she has done it before. 

Sharon Wilton, Community Development Director, gave behind the scenes information in an interview about how Shop with A Hero was able to come to action in our community. A grant enabled Wilton to contact both Elementary Schools in the Township where each provided 20 names of students “that could use a helping hand this Christmas.” 

The Fire Departments in Fort Gratiot, Port Huron Township, Kimball Township, and Burtchville helped the children pick out gifts and enjoyed sharing quality time with them. Lt. Travis Woolman told that, “It was a great experience, especially seeing the smile on the kids faces when they picked out their own toys.” 

All of the kids were excited to be able to shop and a majority had friends and family in mind as they were picking out presents. Learn more about our very own Shop with A Hero in this feature.