As strong supporters of area law enforcement, STAND T.A.L.L. was invited to participate in this year's Shop with a Hero program at Walmart this past week.

First responders including law enforcement, fire fighters and EMS from Buncombe and Henderson County were at Walmart to greet 65 children from area schools who were chosen by their school guidance counselors on a variety of criteria, including financial need, to be treated to a $100 shopping spree at Walmart.

Ron Kauffman and Sharon Hanson of STAND T.A.L.L. were invited to join the first responders and accompany a child through the store on a fun shopping adventure, and were paired with Dora from Dana Elementary School.

Funded by grants from Walmart and the Elks Lodge among others, the children chose gifts for their families and themselves from the thousands of choices of toys, sporting goods, clothing and jewelry available at Walmart.

The photos below feature Dora, the 11-year old girl from Dana Elementary School who was accompanied by Ron & Sharon on her buying spree, and included a photo with Santa Claus at the end of the her day!

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