Sheriff’s Office Receives Donation for Needy Kids Program

June 13, 2011

Art teacher Laura Fisch shows off the children's art work.The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office received a generous donation of $1,000 to its Shop with a Sheriff Program from Montessori of Chantilly. Each year, the Kindergarten class at Montessori of Chantilly creates several pieces of art under the guidance of the art teacher. Since these unique art pieces are created as a group, they are auctioned rather than returned to the students. The proceeds from the auction benefit a charitable program.

"As Montessori of Chantilly families, we see the importance of education for all children," said Lisa Turner, Assistant Director. "By bidding on and purchasing our student’s artwork, our school families have the opportunity to help underprivileged children in our community succeed in school. We think this is a great occasion to show our students how important it is to be a positive member of the community in which we live and learn."

The Shop with a Sheriff program is an annual event that is held a week before school starts. Homeless children from the Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters pair up with Sheriff’s deputies to shop for school supplies and clothes at the Target store in Burke. Since 1992, the Burke Target has been the primary sponsor of this program. In recent years, Costco, Capital One Bank and Panera have joined in supporting this worthwhile event.

"This event is particularly special because it shows one group of children working together to help another," said Captain Stacey Kincaid, event coordinator. "Shop with a Sheriff has grown in support each year, but this is the first time the participants in the program will have been directly helped by a group of their peers. This connection amongst youngsters is particularly touching and something the Sheriff’s Office truly appreciates."

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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