Haverhill Children Shop for Families as Part of Third Annual Heroes and Helpers Program

Haverhill police officers and firefighters worked together during the third annual Heroes and Helpers Program. (Mike Jarvis photograph for WHAV News.)

Haverhill police officers and firefighters helped 100 children pick out gifts for the families during Saturday’s third annual Heroes and Helpers Program.

A steady flow of children arrived at Haverhill’s Target department store—each escorted by either a police officer or a member of Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011. Children often consulted their personal assistant on what would make the best gifts for their respective family members. They walked through the store looking for different toys and items to give.

Each child received gift bags to wrap their gifts as they checked out.

Children were selected through the police department’s school resource officers and given up to $100 each to spend. Private donations came from, among others, Covanta, Pentucket Bank, Newburyport Bank, Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011, individuals and Mike Jarvis of Jarvi Productions who produced spiral-bound calendars for sale.

Calendars are still available by emailing [email protected] or stopping by Haverhill Fire Credit Union, 75 Kenoza Ave. Calendars are $30 each and benefit firefighter charities.

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