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
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!