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Liberty VFD takes four kids shopping

Four children from northern Halifax County were treated to an evening of shopping followed by a McDonalds meal of choice Monday, thanks to the kindness of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department members.

Liberty Volunteer Fire Department held its second annual shop with a firefighter event that night, and this year the department raised enough money to take four children on a shopping spree at Walmart, according to program coordinator Devin Snead.

Each child had $125 to spend, and in addition to taking the children shopping, the department also purchased enough food to feed two families for Christmas.

The children were randomly selected with two chosen from Sydnor Jennings Elementary School and two from Meadville Elementary School.

Bryce and Blair Clay of Sydnor Jennings Elementary joined Kya Traynham and Haley Edmonds, students at Meadville Elementary, for the Walmart shopping spree.

The evening began at the store where the children partnered with a firefighter and their parent selecting items like shoes, clothes and toys.

At the conclusion of the shopping spree, all the kids were treated to a ride in the fire trucks from Walmart to McDonalds in Riverdale, Snead said. Once at McDonalds, the kids, their parents and firefighters were treated to a meal of their choice. 

Mike Simon, the new owner/operator of the Centerville, Riverdale and Clarksville McDonalds, said he was pleased to provide meals for the group. Simon said it warmed his heart to see smiles on the kids’ faces this time of year. 

He also stated community involvement is at the top of his operational business plan. 

The event concluded at the McDonalds location. 

According to Snead, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department plans to continue hosting this annual event. 

Last year the program was only able to take two children, and this year four children were selected along with meals for two additional families, Snead said, adding, “The program is off to a great start, and it is the hope of the fire department to expand even larger next year.”

Any business or group wishing to contribute to the event is asked to contact Devin H. Snead, event coordinator, at 434-470-7273.  

“Any and all donations would be appreciated,” he added.