The City of Huntsville Police Department partnered with Target’s Heroes and Helpers Program on Saturday, December 9. One hundred children from area low-income families arrived at the store before opening and were given a $100 Target gift card to shop for a toy of their choice.
Officer Ryann Kaaa-Bauer, Community Services Officer with the Huntsville Police Department, was contacted by Target through their corporate offices to apply for the funding. Once Kaaa-Bauer received notice the grant was approved, she recruited first responders from the Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville Fire Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Department, TDCJ’s Office of the Inspector General, and the Department of Public Safety to help the children shop.
Along with Target employees and first responders, the Huntsville Diamonds Cancer Team provided each child with stuffed stockings, SAAFE House staff handed out goodie bags, and Junior Service League members greeted families.
“I am thrilled that so many children have at least one toy for Christmas,” said Kaaa-Bauer. “We sincerely appreciate all the help that Target employees, especially Samuel Nance, and the first responders provided. We hope to make this an annual event and help more children next year.”