LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Kids in the community got to go shopping with Lafayette Firefighters at Meijer on Saturday. This was part of the annual LFD Shop With a Firefighter event.
The kids got an escort from LFD Station 9 to the store with the fire trucks; lights, sirens and all. About 100 local kids participated in the event.
Money donated from local businesses and people in the community helps these kids get the essentials. Meijer donated $3,000 dollars to the cause. The kids got to pick out things like a new winter coat, winter boots, a fresh pack of socks and underwear and clothes for school. And of course, they got to pick out one toy at the end.
About $200 was spent on each child so they can start the new year right. LFD Firefighter Trent Richter said this provides a big help to the parents.
"I believe it's a big relief that they can now spend the money for Christmas on toys because all their essentials are taken care of and they don't have to worry about that," he said.
He added that his favorite part of the day is seeing the kids' faces light up, especially when they get to show their parents their new things.
Richter said they have been doing Shop With a Firefighter for local kids in Greater Lafayette for about 35 years.