Heroes with Hope start ‘Giving Tree’ to help Ardmore kids for the holiday

The Heroes with Hope in Ardmore started a "Giving Tree" to help local children with getting basic necessities like clothes this Christmas.
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The Heroes with Hope in Ardmore started a "Giving Tree" to help local children with getting basic necessities like clothes this Christmas.

For the first time, the Ardmore non-profit found a new way to meet the needs of kids this Christmas.

"When we started the program, I don't think we really understood what needs the kids would have,” said Ardmore Police Sergeant Matthew Dunn.

They place a Giving Tree at Walmart, similar to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, where ornaments listing items like socks, jackets and deodorant for people to buy and donate.

When someone picks an ornament, they’ll buy that specific item to help a child in the community.

"And have people donate those items that way when officers are with the children and they see a need, we can meet the needs without having to use child's money for that,” said Ardmore Police Sergeant Matthew Dunn.

Dunn is on the board for heroes with hope and says the idea came from their annual Shop With a Cop program where they take kids in need on a shopping spree.

"They have a hundred dollars and you take them to Walmart and they go and buy socks or a blanket. Those are things that kind of break your heart,” said Dunn.

The goal is for the tree to provide necessities so kids can pick out toys or things on their wish list when they go shopping.

"Things that we take for granted, that you would normally when you give a child a $100 dollars and say you can buy anything you want at Walmart, they're not items that typically see a child go buy,” said Dunn.

Dunn said people can shop for kids until December 20 or donate money to heroes with hope.