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On December 10, 2019, the Blaine Police Department along with Target, Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Lino Lakes Department of Public Safety, Centennial Lakes Police Department, and Allina Emergency Medical Services conducted its 10th annual Heroes and Helpers event.
The program is organized by the Blaine Police Department with help from the Anoka-Hennepin, Spring Lake Park, and Centennial School Districts, and their respective social workers. The social workers from each school select students they know could use a little extra help and would benefit most from this event.
Each student was paired with a hero; a police officer, a firefighter, a sheriff deputy, a state trooper, or an emergency medical services worker.
The hero picked the student up at their school and transported them in their emergency vehicle to Target. Once at Target, the hero helped the student shop for his or her family with a donated $250 gift card. After shopping, the hero and student wrapped the presents, took photos in the photo booth, and then the hero brought the student home.
Heroes and Helpers was a huge success again this year due to strong partnerships. Event sponsors include Target, the Blaine Festival, the Blaine Police Federation, PetSmart and other private community members.
Ten years ago when the program started, 30 students were able to participate. Now 60 students were selected and it is believed to be one of the largest Heroes and Helpers event in the Twin Cities.
To see hundreds of photos from the event, visit BlaineMN.gov/2020HHPhotos.For more information about the event, visit BlaineMN.gov/HeroesandHelpers.