Needy Kids Shop with a Sheriff

August 31, 2010

A week before school starts, 25 homeless children will pair up with Sheriff’s deputies to shop for school supplies and clothes at Target in Fairfax, Virginia. These school-age children currently reside in the Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters.

For the past 17 years, the Shop with the Sheriff Program has partnered with Target to help children and their families. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, September 2. These days, purchasing back-to-school supplies can be an expensive undertaking when they include computer disks and calculators, crayons, folders, backpacks, and a myriad of writing implements. Each child will have a list of needed items and a $300 gift certificate to use toward their purchases.

“The Sheriff’s Office is involved in a number of community activities but this is one our favorites,” said Sheriff Stan Barry. “To be able to help children in need start the school year right gives everyone a deep sense of satisfaction.”

Several local businesses have also generously agreed to sponsor this worthwhile event. Costco is donating a free backpack to each child. Capital One Bank contributed $900 in additional funds for the kids to buy clothes and school supplies. The Sheriff's Association donated $500 for the shopping spree. Panera is providing breakfast to the staff and kids before they go on their back-to-school shopping spree.

The Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters provide a safe, temporary home for families, where they can receive help to assess their needs and develop a plan to locate permanent housing as quickly as possible. The shelters are an integral part of the county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.

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