Cape Girardeau kids shop with heroes

By Tyler Profilet - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - More than 80 kids in Cape Girardeau got up extra early to do some holiday shopping, and they got help from local heroes.

Police officers, fire fighters and emergency workers raised nearly $6,000 for kids in need to have something to put under the tree this Christmas season.

The holiday spirit filled Wal-Mart in Cape early this morning for the shop with a hero campaign.

Kids had a budget of about $70 to buy as many presents as they wanted.

"It's my favorite holiday because you get to share stuff. Presents and stuff," said Central Middle School student Mykael Medley.

And for some kids, it may be the only presents they get.

"These kids wouldn't have toys, or wouldn't have many toys, if it wasn't for the efforts of Wal-Mart and the community," said Valerie Wondrick of Wal-Mart.

While the kids took home toys, the heroes took home a message.

"There was a family of five that was broken up, not all of them were living in the same household and when we were shopping, she didn't want to buy a gift for herself, she wanted to buy something for all her little sisters and brothers," said Lt. Barry Hovis with the Cape Girardeau Police Department.  "I was touched by that because she wanted to give to them because she loved them so much."

But while the kids crossed off items from their holiday wish list, they never lost sight of the true meaning of the season.

"You get to enjoy Christmas Eve with your family," said Jefferson Elementary student De'varean Walker.

Along with the kids, the heroes also had a great time.

If a kid wanted to spend a little more money than what they had in their budget, the hero would often pay the difference out of their own pocket.

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