The City of Newark and the United Community Corporation (UCC) are teaming up to host a “Shop With a Hero” event on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Newark. One hundred pre-selected local children, joined by their parents, will each pair up with a “local hero,” who will accompany them on a $100 holiday shopping spree at stores along Broad and Market Streets in downtown Newark, to support local businesses.

The program will kick off with a ceremony in the Newark City Hall Rotunda, located at 920 Broad Street, at 10 a.m. Heroes will include police officers, firefighters, EMTs, doctors, elected officials, educators, Special Victims Unit officers, and other first responders that have been distinguished themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is being spearheaded by Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles.

This event is possible thanks to sponsorships from Peapack-Gladstone Bank, North Star Elite Realty, Investors Bank, Children’s Foundation of New Jersey, United Way of Greater Newark, Amerigroup, McDonald’s, and Clinton Hill Community Action. In addition, The Original Golden Food Truck will provide free food to the children.

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