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Riverside County firefighters to take underprivileged kids Christmas shopping

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
Issue 50, Volume 13.

RIVERSIDE - Underprivileged children will experience the joy of Christmas shopping with Riverside County firefighters thanks, in part, to a $1,400 allocation approved by Riverside County supervisors today.

Supervisors Bob Buster and John Benoit will disburse money for the "Shop with a Firefighter'' program from their community improvement budgets.

Each supervisor was allocated $500,000 in community improvement funds for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The funds are required to be spent on events or programs beneficial to the public.

The Riverside County Professional Firefighters Union sponsors the "Shop with a Firefighter'' program every year to help needy children. The county's Advertisement
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Department of Public Social Services selects children ages six to 12 years old,

many of them in foster care, to go on a two- to three-hour shopping trip with a uniformed firefighter.

According to county fire Capt. Brad Moore, firefighters generally have about $200 to spend and begin by purchasing necessary items like clothes and school supplies. After that, they look for toys the youngsters crave, he said.

A shopping trip is planned Saturday at the La Quinta Wal-Mart, 79295 Highway 111, and Dec. 19 at the Perris Wal-Mart, 2560 North Perris Blvd. Each event is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.



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