Round Lake Beach Meijer Funds “Shop With A Hero” Event
Thirty-five children from low-income families in the Round Lake Area will have a brighter Christmas thanks to our new Meijer store. More than two dozen public safety officers helped host a free “Shop With A Hero” shopping spree on Dec. 15th.
Members of the Round Lake Beach police department, the Greater Round Lake Area Fire Department, Round Lake Beach Emergency Management Agency, and dispatchers from CenCom 911 accompanied the children as they did their shopping.
“It was funded and conducted by the Meijer Store” RLB Deputy Chief Michael Scott told the news media. “This is Meijer’s first year in Round Lake Beach so it’s the first time we’ve done a Shop With A Hero event. Meijer store director, Dean Hutson, gave all the credit for putting it all together to his retail administrative assistant, Denise Zuhlke.
Meijer provided each child with a $100 shopping allowance. Each youth could spend the $100 on toys or clothing for themselves or another member of their family. Meijer also provided each family with a two big bags full of food, including a ham, baked goods and canned goods. Santa Claus was also on hand for photos. For those who wanted their gifts wrapped, there were a number of ladies doing that for them. Pizza, subs, salads, cookies, drinks, chips, etc. were available throughout the event. The children spent plenty of time trying to decide on what gifts to choose from.
“Meijer is an exceptional organization and extremely community minded,” Police Chief Gilbert Rivera said. “The kids were very thankful.”
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