PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDUpper Macungie Township Police School Resource Officer Bill Rohrbach helps his student fill her shopping cart with merchandise during the Heroes and Helpers shopping spree at Target in South Whitehall. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDLehigh County Deputy Sheriff Lita Gladstone, looks over choices her student is making during the Heroes and Helpers shopping spree. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
South Whitehall Township Officer Michael Hozza pushes his student’s full cart at the shopping spree. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
South Whitehall Captain Mike Sorrentino and Cetronia Paramedic Krista Benner were enjoying their student as he ran through Target selecting merchandise. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Lehigh County Deputy Sheriff Shane Laford gets a lesson in wrapping from his student at the Cetronia Ambulance Corps headquarters in South Whitehall. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Trooper First Class Curt Schillinger with State Police Troop M, Dublin, addresses students wrapping their purchases. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
South Whitehall Commissioners President Tori Morgan and South Whitehall Police Officer Darvin Faust were on hand to help with wrapping purchases during the Heroes and Helpers program. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photogrphy
Volunteers create special day for kids
Thirty-three Parkland students were treated to a special Christmas shopping spree lasr December thanks to the efforts of Target, the Parkland School District, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie police officers, Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania State Troopers and Parkland School Board member David Kennedy and his wife, Elizabeth.
The youngsters, three students from each of the 11 Parkland schools, were chosen by their guidance counselors to take part in participate in the annual Heroes and Helpers program.
Each child who was escorted by a police officer or emergency medical service provider were encouraged to not just purchase items for themselves, but to include Christmas gifts for parents, siblings and those close to them.
The total raised for the program this year was close to $8,000.
After the shopping spree, the youngsters and their officers received help from volunteers to wrap their purchases at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, South Whitehall.
The youngsters and their officers were also treated to a catered lunch of hoagies, pizza, vegetable trays, chips, soda, coffee and water from Belfor Property Restoration, Allentown, which was invited by South Whitehall Police Officer Jason Grozier.
Cetronia provided the desserts which included cookies and brownies.