Holidays and Heroes 2017 Thank You and Photo Album

The Post Falls Police Department, on behalf of all participating agencies, extends our gratitude to everyone who helped make our 19th Annual Holidays and Heroes event another joyous success on December 10, 2017.

With shopping lists ready, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters were paired with specially-selected local children and took them shopping at Walmart stores to purchase Christmas gifts for their family members. Other volunteer shoppers secretly chose gifts for the children.

Event organizers chose participant’s names based upon recommendations from school resource officers, school counselors, patrol officers, deputy sheriffs, and firefighters to help make Christmas a little brighter for children in need.

Law enforcement and emergency service agencies from Kootenai and Spokane counties, along with numerous group and individual volunteers and sponsors, provided a festive and joyous holiday experience for one hundred children throughout our community. 

After everyone finished shopping and bags were loaded into patrol cars, they met at the Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls where more activities awaited the children. Volunteers wrapped all the gifts. Children decorated an ornament, took pictures with Santa, and ate lunch. Children continued to shop. There were stacks of handmade quilts for each child to select. There was also a table filled with free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other goodies. In addition, each child brought home two turkey dinner food boxes.

Holidays and Heroes continues to be an exceptional event each year because of the dedicated officers and their family members, volunteers, and sponsors who so generously give of their time and resources to bring joy into the lives of as many children as possible. Thank you to all of our partners. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Charlene Holbrook
PFPD Event Coordinator







Thank you to the staff and family members from the following agencies:
Coeur d’Alene Police Department
Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police
Idaho Department of Correction Adult Felony Probation and Parole
Idaho State Police
Kootenai County Adult Misdemeanor Probation & Parole
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue IAFF Local 2856
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office
Life Flight Network
Post Falls Police Department
Rathdrum Police Department
Spirit Lake Police Department
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department

Thank you to the following commercial organizations:
Ace Hardware (Rathdrum)
American Eagle Automotive
Banner Furnace and Fuel, Inc.
Blackwell Lounge
Brumbach Dentistry
Coeur d’ Alene Casino
Columbia Bank (Rathdrum)
Ekness Catering
Express Employment Professionals
Findlay Nissan Post Falls
Furniture Doctors
Greyhound Park & Event Center
Idaho Central Credit Union
Idaho Forest Group
James Brown Construction
Messy’s Burgers
Midway Hyundai Post Falls
Millers Harvest Foods
MiPueblo Mexican Restaurant
Nate’s New York Pizza
Northwest Building Components
Numerica Credit Union
Ohio Street, LLC
Post Falls Brewing Company
Post Falls Family Dental
Prairie Children’s Center
R & C Tree Service (in memory of John)
Sullivan Law Office, PLLC
Super One Foods (Rathdrum)
Stratford Building Corp
Rathdrum Power, LLC
Terry’s Café
The Blind Guy
Walmart (Hayden, Post Falls, Spokane Valley)
White Horse Saloon
Woodland Family Dental
YF Management, Inc

Thank you to the following group organizations:
Boy Scout Troop 213 Post Falls
Clover Chapter 33 Order of the Eastern Star
Coeur d’ Alene Police Officers Association
Girl Scout Troop 2035
Idaho State Police Association Chapter 1
Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation
Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Search & Rescue
New Life Church
North Idaho Young Marines
Post Falls Community Ambassadors
Post Falls High School Boys JV and Varsity Basketball Teams
Spirit Lake City Council
Spirit Lake Fire Union
Spirit Lake VFW
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Explorers
Trinity Lutheran Church
U.S. Army Recruiting Center, Hayden (Thomas Purcell)

Thank you to our private sponsors and individual volunteers:
Joe and Donna Arrotta
Merte and Winifred Barth TTEE
Teresa Benner
Jody and Debera Gambles
Paula and William Gilbert
Bob and Pam Granger
Allan and Debbie Holmes
Ron and Susan Jacobson
Paula Laws
Marji Loeffler
Miguel Moises Maldonado
Menti Family
Audrey and Derek Miller
Fran Nocella
Morris & Carol Prosser
Brian Thurlow
Carol Yost

For anyone we may have missed, our sincere apologies. Several hundred people make this event possible, and we greatly appreciate everyone’s contribution to Holidays and Heroes. Thank you!

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