First annual Holiday with a Hero introduces 77 children to local heroes

The first annual Holiday with a Hero is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30, pairing 77 children in need with local heroes from the OPP, CFB Borden, the Barrie Police Service, Barrie Firefighters and County Paramedics.
United Way Simcoe Muskoka has partnered with CFB Borden and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions to bring this event to Barrie for the first time. Through Family Connexions, 77 local children in need from across Simcoe County and Muskoka were identified.
“We hope to provide these incredible children with an unforgettable holiday experience that provides them the opportunity to be a hero themselves as they purchase gifts for their family,” writes Douglas Landsborough, marketing and communications specialist with the United Way.
After shopping, the children will be part of an emergency vehicle procession to a morning of activities, gift wrapping and a pancake breakfast. The event begins at 6 a.m., when the heroes arrive. Shopping follows at 6:30 a.m., and at 8 a.m. the emergency vehicle procession begins. Activities start at 8:30 a.m.
“Not only will the children have a magical day, but their opinions of uniformed personnel, who often accompany an emergency or serious life event, will be changed for the better.”