Olathe PD teams up with area students for “Heroes for Helpers”

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OLATHE, Kan. -- The Olathe Police Department teamed up with dozens of metro students Saturday for "Heroes for Helpers." The program provides gifts for area students experiencing economic difficulties.

Johnny Roland is one Olathe Police Officer who suited up on his day off to uncover what area kids need for the holiday.

More than twenty area students are impacted by the program.

Heather Schoonover is the Community Liasion for Olathe Public Schools. She said this program helps build greater relationships within the community.

"Because they do see some challenges when they go home from school, some of it may be food insecurities and some might not have items like boots. These officers took them around to find maybe a boot that fit them. It is a magical thing," said Schoonover.

Each student received nearly $100 in gifts. The money was donated through grant program through Target and Heritage Presbyterian.