The annual Osceola County "Shop with a Hero" event was held Dec. 7 at the Meijer in Big Rapids. At the event — sponsored by the Meceola Children's Council and Meijer — children from Osceola County did their Christmas shopping with "real-life heroes" — members of local police and fire departments, emergency management personnel, first responders and conservation officers. Each child was able to spend $100 on their family for Christmas gifts and each family was given a cart full of groceries, worth more than $100. Each child also received a gift from the Meceola Children’s Council to put with the family gifts for Christmas. More than 30 children and 20 families from all corners of Osceola County were served. (Courtesy photo)