Badges, Boots and Budgets: First responders partner with children for shopping spree

Published: Dec. 21, 2018 at 12:17 PM AKST
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When they're not fighting crime or running into burning buildings, Anchorage's every day heroes lend their skills as shopping assistants.

A total of 58 children from local family shelters were given $125.00 to spend inside the midtown Fred Meyer store. The money comes from Anchorage Cops for Community and the local Firefighters Union.

Partnered with an officer of firefighter, the children navigated the aisles. From toys to electronic gadgets the choices are limitless but many shoppers buy gifts to share. “Usually Christmas is all about family so I thought maybe i should buy something for my family,” Shopper, Tupou Tiu said.

Tiu used his money to pick up a teddy bear and Elmo doll for his younger cousins and a present for his mom. “That's one of the most heartwarming things that I think I've experienced with these kids who may not have a whole lot themselves and we may think they may go and pick up things for themselves but often times that's not the case,” Paul Miranda with the Anchorage Firefighters Local 1264 said.

In order to stretch their dollars, many first responders gave children tips for findings sales and coupons.