Council Members Welch and Yates join Congressman John Yarmuth to help needy kids “Shop with a Hero”

December 4, 2014

Louisville – This Saturday, a special group of heroes will take the time to make it a special day in the lives of some needy children. The heroes’ goal is to help the children have a nice holiday.

 Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Councilman David Yates (D-25) will join Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky) and many area Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS, Veterans and Active Members of all branches of the US Military as they “Shop with a Hero” this Saturday, December 6th.

“It is an honor to join the men and women who keep us safe as they help children in need during this special time of year,” says Yates. “This program shows the true spirit of giving during the holiday season and encourages children to see how those who place their lives on the lines also care about our community. They are true heroes.”        

“I am proud to host the Shop with a Hero event once again at the Kohl’s location in District 13.  Having participated every year in assisting the families with shopping during this event, I have seen the joy and excitement that it brings to the children as well as the adults,” says Welch. “Many thanks to Valley View Church for organizing this event to make a difference for so many needy families!”

Welch and Yates have been sponsors of the program for several years. Other Council members who are sponsors this year are David James (D-6), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Tom Owen (D-8), Madonna Flood (D-24), Dan Johnson (D-21), Barbara Shanklin (D-2) and Mary C. Woolridge (D-3).

"This is a great event that helps spread holiday cheer for deserving youth," says Blackwell. "It is so important for them to connect with the civil servants and I am happy to support again this year."

“The holidays can be an especially difficult time for children in need. This program is a great, positive way to give back by connecting children to the Heroes of our community,” says Fowler.

"Shop with a Hero" has a specific mission this holiday to provide over 850 disadvantage children throughout Metro Louisville ages 0-14 years of age with holiday gifts and cheer.

Additionally, the program strives to build positive relationships between the disadvantaged children of our community and our heroes. The positive interaction can last a lifetime. The “Heroes” in this program help children make their shopping selections.

Kohl's Department Store, 11811 Standiford Plaza Drive, is a caring partner with "Shop with a Hero” and helps create a day filled with holiday shopping and fun. The store contributes a percentage of money that is raised.

Valley View Church is once again main sponsor of “Shop with a Hero”. JCPS, Kosair’s, Special Olympics and Kid’z Club and applications at large identify children in need.

The event begins at 9:00am and lasts until 3:00pm.

“There are many who make this program a success,” says Yates. “We should also thank those who have not only given their time but the financial support needed to help these children.”