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 Participating in this year’s Shopping Spree were Blair Clay, Haley Edmonds, Kya Traynham and Bryce Clay along with Liberty Department firefighters, J.E. Anderson and Shawn Snead.
SoVaNow.com / December 30, 2013
Four local elementary students had a merry Christmas after members of the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department took them on a Dec. 23 shopping spree at Wal-Mart.

According to program coordinator Devin Snead the fire department was able to raise enough money to give each child $125 to spend and also enough money to buy food to feed two families for Christmas.

The children were randomly selected with two coming from Sydnor Jennings Elementary School (Bryce and Blair Clay) and two from Meadville Elementary (Kya Traynham and Haley Edmonds).

The evening started with each child being partnered with a member of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and a parent. The excited students then began trying on clothes and selecting toys to purchase with their money.

After Wal-Mart associates helped the children pick out their purchases, the kids were treated to a ride in the Liberty Fire Department fire trucks which took them and their parents to McDonalds in Riverdale where they were treated to a meal of their choice.

Mike Simon, new owner-operator of the Centerville, Riverdale and Clarksville McDonalds, said “it warms my heart to see the smiles on the kids’ faces this time of the year.” Simon added that community involvement is at the top of his operational business plan.

The Liberty department plans to continue this annual event. Last year they were able to take only two children shopping and were delighted to be able to increase that number to four students this year, as well as purchasing holiday meals for two families. “It is the hope of the department to be able to expand even more next year,” said Snead, who said any group wishing to help with the event could contact him at (434)470-7273. All donations, he said, will be appreciated.

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