PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – You see them outside early in the morning and afternoons.

Crossing guards are the eyes and ears of the community and now the people who take care of area children are being taken care of, too.

Maureen Twigg has manned her intersection for 20 years. Her job sometimes put her in dangerous situations.

“We try to give our all. We do our best to keep the kids safe,” Twigg said.

Tuesday, Rite Aid surprised crossing guards around the city with a goodie bag.

As part of a six-month celebration of the store’s 50 years in business they’re giving back to the communities they serve.

“We just wanted to make sure that we took the time to acknowledge the 100 crossing guards in the Pittsburgh area,” Marlana Stephan from Rite Aid said.

Twigg appreciated the thanks and the gift bag, which included shoe insoles, aspirin, Band-aids, and other necessities.

She said it’s a gift to work in the community. In her two decades out in Squirrel Hill, she has made countless friends with the people and their pets she helps to cross everyday

The people in the community said Twigg is part of their neighborhood. She’s always there with a smile and a helping hand.

“People don’t think that these people are out here actually risking their lives to cross you and your kids. So, somebody should go up and say thank you,” Beth Bradley

Rite Aid will hold several more charitable events here in Pittsburgh and communities across the country as well.


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