Thousands raised for 'Shop With A Hero' event in Poplar Bluff - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Thousands raised for 'Shop With A Hero' event in Poplar Bluff

(Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook) (Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook)
(Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook) (Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook)
(Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook) (Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook)
(Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook) (Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook)
(Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook) (Source: Shonna Parrent Grobe/Facebook)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

More than 150 children in Poplar Bluff, Missouri received a very special Christmas surprise with the "Shop With a Hero" event on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Authorities in Butler County took 151 kids shopping on Saturday, giving each $125 to spend.

The kids were picked by area schools.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the Butler County Sheriff's Department, VA police, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Medic One Ambulance, Butler County Ems, Air Evac, the Poplar Bluff Fire Department and a Poplar Bluff Senior High JROTC were all on hand shopping with the kids.

The event is annual, but this year saw its biggest turnout with more than $23,000 having been raised. Organizers say they typically are able to raise around $15,000 each year and are able to take around 120 children and spend $100 per child.

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