Despite the strange year that is 2020, the Christmas season showed up in Loganville Saturday. The day began with the annual Shop with a Hero at Walmart and ended with the annual Christmas Parade and Santa lighting the Christmas Tree on the Town Green.
There are always years that are challenging for some families around the holidays, but probably none more so than this year. So the annual Shop with a Hero was an important way for public safety officials to show their compassionate side.
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Shop with a Hero is organized by Church at the Grove in conjunction with local public safety departments and other sponsors, including Walmart. This year, more than 100 children got the opportunity to receive a Walmart gift card and shop for themselves, as well as family members, with a uniformed public safety official. Volunteers then wrapped the gifts and the children got to leave with a stack of gifts to leave under the tree for Christmas. While waiting to shop or have their gifts wrapped, the families are treated to some breakfast, seasonal snacks and hot cocoa or coffee.
The annual Shop with a Hero project is organized for children who might be financially in need but also who have not had a positive experience with members of public safety in the past and and might be considered at risk. Funds are received through donations and funds raised through such things as Boot Drives by fire officials.
And despite it being a year of hardship for many, those who could turned out to enjoy the annual Christmas Parade through downtown Loganville later that afternoon. With Walton County Teacher of the Year Sarah Fowler as Grand Marshall, the floats paraded down Main Street bringing the usual Christmas cheer. Attendees were able to get themselves coffee, hot chocolate and an array of funnel cakes, fried Oreos or boiled peanuts and pork skins to snack on while waiting for the parade to start. As was the case with Monroe’s celebrations earlier in the week, the City of Loganville is now ready for Christmas.
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