Firefighters and cops team up to take area kids on holiday shopping spree

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Some kids in our area will have new toys to play with on Christmas morning thanks to some local heroes and helpers.

Myrtle Beach area children in need were taken on a shopping spree to remember in this season of giving.

The Myrtle Beach Police and Fire departments teamed up to make sure that kids in need have a very merry Christmas.

The officers and firefighters helped 50 children shop at Target as part of the heroes and helpers program.

As they shopped the officers also remembered a fellow officer who many say loved helping underprivileged children.

Officer Joe McGarry was shot and killed in the line of duty nearly 13 years ago.

Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall says McGarry would often eat lunch at schools around the area with kids and play basketball with them and this annual event helps honor him.

Each kid got $200 and a personal shopper to join them to fulfill wish lists that may otherwise go unmet.

The money comes from donations collected from people who live in the community. The kids could use half to buy clothes and shoes, the other half could be used on toys or gifts for family members

Chief gall says it’s the highlight of the holiday season for many of the children.

“It becomes a family event too, we have parents or spouses of firefighters and police, children. they all want to come out and support this great event,” said Gall.

Nine year old Jah-Mari Kirk was excited to be a part of the program for a second time, “I got some Nerf guns and I have 99 dollars left so I’m going to get some clothes.”

The Myrtle Beach Target on Seaboard St. donated $2,500 which was part of $250,000 that Target stores donated around the country.

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