Today, 100 8- to10-year-olds from Fortuna and Loleta will participate in “Shop With a Hero,” joining local firefighters, police officers and other “heroes” beginning at 6 p.m. at Fortuna ACE Hardware, where they will be given a $50 voucher to use to buy presents for their families.

”Shop With a Hero” is a collaboration between Fortuna and Fortuna Sunrise Rotary Clubs, the McLean Foundation and Fortuna ACE Hardware, according to event chair and Fortuna Chamber of Commerce CEO Erin Dunn.

”Each of these organizations have agreed to work together to make this happen,” she said. “In addition to the partners who are financing the event, we also have school administrators and local 'heroes' who are helping make this happen.”

Fortuna ACE Hardware is giving a discount at the register to the 100 kids participating in the program, who were chosen based on need and met criteria set forth by the schools.