Hollywood police and firefighters aim to raise funds through a chili cook-off to participate in Shop with a Hero

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. - Hollywood police officers and firefighters need the community's help to give Christmas to kids in need.

"We've tried different things throughout the years as a way of giving back to the children," Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says. This year, his officers and firefighters with Hollywood Fire and Rescue hope to work together to give back in a way that's new for them - Shop with a Hero.

The entities need the community's help to make it happen, so an event at the beginning of December aims to turn the idea into a reality.

"On December third we're going to be hosting a chili cook-off here in Hollywood at our park, and it's going to be a five dollar admission," Hepler explains, "Every bit of that money is going to be put into an account to take some less fortunate children shopping with the police and fire departments."

The event will run from one until three in the town's park. The chili will be judged, and once you pay admission, it's all you can eat. You don't have to pay a fee to submit chili, but you do need to let the police or fire department know. You can do that by posting in the event on Facebook.

If you can't make it, Hepler says donations are welcome.  If the departments raise enough money, Hepler says they'll work through local organizations to select kids in need. "The more money we collect, the more money each child will have to spend to pick out their toys for Christmas," Hepler says.