A benevolent Oconee County project to remember needy children at Christmas has a dual purpose of early relationships between children and the men and women in uniform. The 2013 “Shop with Heroes” provided for 93 children this morning at the Wal-Mart near Seneca. Corp. Tim Rice of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, says donations received throughout the year provide for the children to be able to shop for as much as $200 worth of items, some of which must be clothing. Parents and guardians provide transportation to the children to the shopping spree, but what Rice and his colleagues insist on is that the adults not interfere with the children while shopping. The choices of what to get are solely up to the children. The annual event used to be called “Shop with Cops” but has been renamed to more accurately suit those taking part. “We have Sheriff’s Office, fire departments, National Guard, EMS—-you name it they’re here,” Rice told 96.3/WGOG NEWS.