MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — People will be able to ‘Shop with a Hero’ at the 42nd annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festival in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach fire and police departments are going head-to-head to raise money for children in need of some holiday cheer. The departments set up booths at the Dickens Christmas Show and Festival asking for donations for their annual ‘Shop with a Hero Charity Competition.’

Police and firefighters will use the proceeds raised to take kids in need holiday shopping on Dec. 9.

Last year, Myrtle Beach Fire Capt. Jonathan Evans said the departments raised nearly $4,000 and helped about 45 kids get Christmas gifts.

“I hate that we have families in this situation where they need help like this, but, at the same time, any chance we get to work with kids and show them that police and fire are their friends is a good thing,” Evans said.

Evans said they hope to raise $6,000 this year.

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