WOOD RIVER, IL. (KPLR) – It's a group that brings together 1st responders, bikers and families in need. Patches and Badges for Kids provide shopping sprees for families identified by social workers and school nurses from six area school districts.
Those families went shopping Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Wood River Walmart. Their bill was paid for by donations made to Patches and Badges for Kids.
The families shop with an officer, firefighter or biker. One officer said year after year he`s amazed over how many kids end up buying items for their parents.
"You'd be really surprised," said Brent Wells, Patches and Badges for Kids. "Towels, laundry soap, a toaster and things that make the house a little more comfortable to live in."
Jade Bowker was having fun picking out some Hello Kitty toys while her mom was all smiles.
"Without this my kids might not have had a good Christmas," said Johnna Bowker, Jade's mother. "It literally brings goose bumps for me to think about that."
Anna Newell watched her 3 children shop for clothes.
"We had a fire in January and lost just about everything," said Newell.