‘A great experience for them’

Krystle Wagner • Dec 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Children beamed with excitement as they shopped with police officers and firefighters on Tuesday.

Forty volunteers from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Haven Township Fire-Rescue Department helped a total of 111 children from Grand Haven Area Public Schools select gifts during the annual Shop with a Sheriff event at the Meijer and Wal-Mart stores in Grand Haven Township. The children used $8,325 in donations toward picking out gifts for family members and themselves.

With her list in hand, 6-year-old Hazyl Marshall set out to find the Soggy Doggy game for her brother. Hazyl said she also planned to look for Detroit Lions apparel, as well as red and green rubber bands so she can make Christmas bracelets.

Since finding out he was selected for the opportunity, 5-year-old Mason Tabor said he looked forward to the experience. After careful deliberation, Mason and his 3-year-old brother, Ethan, selected one large toy for themselves, new clothes and the Pop the Pig game that they can play together.

“I picked out something big,” Mason said.

Photo Gallery: Shop with a Sheriff

Jeanelle Ferris, Mason and Ethan’s mother, said Shop with a Sheriff is a great opportunity for children. It also gives them a chance to positively interact with police officers, she said.

As the boys moved to the check-out lane, Ferris said it made her happy to see her sons so excited.

“It’s a great experience for them,” she said.

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