Holiday with a Hero, 2020
The holiday season may be over, but we know of at least seventy-five local kids who will hold memories forever that simply could not have been created without a very large group of true heroes.
A few weeks before Christmas, and very early in the morning, dozens of children started arriving at the Walmart Barrie North. Many of these children had come from homes where the families were struggling in various ways. Some were selected because, due to no fault of their own, the kids had been exposed to police and emergency services through a negative event. Part of the mission today was to let these children see police, soldiers, paramedics, firefighters, and other first responder professionals in a more factual positive light.Special recognition goes out to:
United Way Simcoe Muskoka
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions
Barrie Police Service
Ontario Provincial Police
Canadian Forces Base Borden / Base des Forces Canadiennes Borden – Army, Navy, and Air Force
Simcoe County Paramedics of OPSEU Local 303
Barrie Fire And Emergency Service
Walmart Bayfield Barrie North
If we miss any group that was involved, please let us know and we will be happy to add you.
We would like to thank the following sponsors of the Ontario Community Awareness Network. These businesses show they care about our shared community by helping us to provide a locally-focused truly local voice to you and your neighbours. They also enable our crew to be able to continue providing donated services to promote local benevolent community groups and charities based in The City of Barrie, the Town of Innisfil, and the Township of Oro-Medonte.
Videography by John Ironside
Post-Production by Tiffany Scott