The annual "Shop With A Hero" program through the is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 9.
Children from five local schools will be treated to breakfast and then paired-up with a local firemen, policemen and military personnel "heroes" at Wal-Mart to shop for Christmas.
Later the kids will have lunch with the heroes before returning to school. Last year, about 50 children from , , , and elementary schools were treated.
For several years, members of the Smyrna Police and Fire Departments staged separate shopping events with area children before joining forces several years ago.
"This event was really the catalyst for starting the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation,'' Smyrna Deputy Fire Chief Roy Acree told Patch prior to last year's event.
The 501(c) nonprofit foundation works with the , the and the to ensure that each police officer and firefighter is qualified, trained, equipped and educated to perform at the highest levels of professional standards.
The event is made possible by generous donations from Smyrna citizens and businesses. To donate (check, or money order made payable to Smyrna Public Safety Foundation), you may contact Co-Directors James D. Smith or Colby Cannon at 770-434-6667 (Fire Station No. 1 on Atlanta Road).
Or you may go to the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation website at www.smyrnapsf.org for an option to donate online. Donations may also be mailed to: Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, P. O. Box 2216, Smyrna, GA 30080.