BURTON (WJRT) - (12/18/2017) - They are heroes who protect our community, but Monday evening police officers and firefighters in Burton served in a different capacity.
They were on a mission to bring a little extra holiday magic to those who need it the most.
To make it happen, the departments teamed up with Meijer and ELGA Credit Union to help save Christmas for kids who may have otherwise gone without.
Charles Hendricks of Meijer said the store looks forward to the event every holiday season.
"This event for this store is so special being an urban store," he said. "It's so exciting for us and the customers and the police and fire to be able to do this for the children."
The children also got to have dinner with the heroes, meet Santa and win prizes.
"We've been doing it awhile and it's something i look forward to each year and something our department looks forward to," said Burton Police Chief Tom Osterholzer.