Press Release

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, this Saturday the event will bring

together approximately 300 local children and their families at the

Clarence Brown Conference Center (5450 Highway 20, Cartersville) to kick

off the day. The festivities start at 8:30AM with registration, which

includes a ticket to win door prizes and two grand prize bicycles (one

for a girl and one for a boy). After registration, the guests are served

breakfast in the beautifully decorated main hall. Mr. and Mrs. Santa

Claus are on hand to mingle, take photos, and spread joy to the kids.

Also on hand are several hundred heroes from local and state law

enforcement agencies, emergency medical technicians and paramedics,

firefighters, military personnel, teachers, and nurses. From the start

it is clear that this morning is all about the children of Shop With A

Hero! After breakfast and door prize drawings, the kids and their

families are loaded onto school buses from the Bartow County Board of

Education and the Cartersville City School Board and provided an escort

to Walmart.


This escort does not take the straight route – that would be very short

– our guests of honor are escorted emergency lights and sirens through

Cartersville via I-75 and Highway 41 to the Cartersville Walmart. Once

there, the guest shoppers are paired with a hero and then the fun

begins. Each child in the program is allotted $150. One hundred dollars

must be spent on clothing items for the child and the remaining fifty

can be spent as the child pleases. Many children choose to use the fifty

dollars to purchase gifts for siblings and/or loved ones! The

Cartersville Walmart provides special checkout lines and employees just

for the event to assist in price checks, directions, and checkout.


This year the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office will also be providing a

free child seat safety inspection point in the Walmart parking lot.

Deputies will be checking car seats for safety and providing tips and

guidance to keep kids safe while riding in vehicles – no citations are

issued at this inspection!