'Holidays And Heroes' Program Makes The Season Bright; How You C - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

'Holidays And Heroes' Program Makes The Season Bright; How You Can Help

Posted: Updated:
Local Law Enforcement Agencies Help Make The Holidays Brighter For Many Children Local Law Enforcement Agencies Help Make The Holidays Brighter For Many Children

Coeur d'Alene Police Department Press Release: 

The holiday season is approaching bringing wonderful events and memories for our community members. Although many of us will be celebrating with our families, others are not as fortunate. Sadly, some in our community do not have the basic necessities, let alone the opportunity to feel the joy of Christmas. This year as in years past, officers from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, Rathdrum Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, Idaho State Police, Spokane County Sheriff's Department, and numerous employee volunteers are proud to join together and participate in the ‘Holidays and Heroes' program.

Police officers and firefighters volunteer their time to make this event special, and are happy to work in partnership with businesses, civic groups, and citizens in the surrounding area to make a disadvantaged child's Christmas a little bit brighter. The agencies will be following the same format as in prior years in which several police officers and firefighters will take children shopping for the day. Children's names are provided to the organizers by School Resource Officers, school counselors, patrol officers, deputy sheriffs, or firefighters who have come into contact with a less fortunate child during the past year.

This year the event is on December 8th. Children are picked up at their homes by a police officer in a patrol car and then driven to the Wal-Mart in the Spokane Valley or in Post Falls. Police and firefighters take the children through the store picking out Christmas gifts for the children and their families. After the shopping is complete, the children are driven to the Greyhound Park to visit with Santa. The Greyhound Park facility is provided free of charge for the event. While the children are meeting Santa, volunteers wrap their presents, and prepare large food baskets for the children's families. At the end of the day, the officers load the presents and food into their patrol cars and take the children home. All of the officers and firefighters participating are volunteering their time.

‘Holidays and Heroes' is now accepting cash donations and food items that can be dropped off at the Spokane County Sheriff's Office at 1100 W. Mallon Avenue and the Valley office at 12710 E. Sprague, Post Falls Police Department at 1717 E. Polston Ave., Kootenai County Sheriff's Department at 5500 N. Government Way, Rathdrum Police Department at 8178 W. Main St., the CdA Police Department at 3818 Schreiber Way, and Kootenai County Fire Administration Office at 5271 E. Seltice Way. As more donations are provided, additional children can be put on our shopping list. Citizens are asked to make a food or cash donation at upcoming food drive events in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene where police and fire departments will be participating.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:12 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
  • Car Donations Needed! UGM Saved This Army Veteran Who Struggled With PTSD

    Car Donations Needed! UGM Saved This Army Veteran Who Struggled With PTSD

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:08:27 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Sean Stevens served in the U.S. Army for 18 years. He had what looked like a good life: a wife, 3 kids and a home. When he got out of the military however, he began to show the symptoms of PTSD which became too hard to control. He developed a substance abuse problem & eventually lost everything.>>
    KHQ.COM - Sean Stevens served in the U.S. Army for 18 years. He had what looked like a good life: a wife, 3 kids and a home. When he got out of the military however, he began to show the symptoms of PTSD which became too hard to control.
    >>
  • 3rd N. Spokane Fast Food Robbery In Three Days

    3rd N. Spokane Fast Food Robbery In Three Days

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:15:21 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police tell us they have taken two people of interest into custody following a robbery at the Shadle Park McDonald's. It's the third fast food restaurant robbery in the Spokane area in the last three days. The robbery happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald's near N. Belt St. and W. Wellesley Ave.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police tell us they have taken two people of interest into custody following a robbery at the Shadle Park McDonald's. It's the third fast food restaurant robbery in the Spokane area in the last three days. The robbery happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald's near N. Belt St. and W. Wellesley Ave.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • 3rd N. Spokane Fast Food Robbery In Three Days

    3rd N. Spokane Fast Food Robbery In Three Days

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:15:21 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police tell us they have taken two people of interest into custody following a robbery at the Shadle Park McDonald's. It's the third fast food restaurant robbery in the Spokane area in the last three days. The robbery happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald's near N. Belt St. and W. Wellesley Ave.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police tell us they have taken two people of interest into custody following a robbery at the Shadle Park McDonald's. It's the third fast food restaurant robbery in the Spokane area in the last three days. The robbery happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald's near N. Belt St. and W. Wellesley Ave.>>
  • Gruesome Murder Trial Continues In Spokane; Alex Rozier Reports

    Gruesome Murder Trial Continues In Spokane; Alex Rozier Reports

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:35:52 GMT
    SPOKANE, WA. – The murder trial for suspected killer Daniel Arteaga continued at the Spokane County Courthouse on Thursday as one of the lead investigators took the stand discussing evidence found the night of Kim Schmidt’s death. Arteaga is on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years.>>
    SPOKANE, WA. – The murder trial for suspected killer Daniel Arteaga continued at the Spokane County Courthouse on Thursday as one of the lead investigators took the stand discussing evidence found the night of Kim Schmidt’s death. Arteaga is on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years.>>
  • The Isaac Foundation Helping Those Dealing With Autism

    The Isaac Foundation Helping Those Dealing With Autism

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:31:07 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention show more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
    >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention show more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. According to the CDC, autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in every 68 kids. There is no cure but therapy can help children with autism improve speech, motor skills and even their social interactions.
    >>