Sheriff’s Office Receives Donation for Needy Kids Program

June 11, 2012

Captain Stacey Kincaid stands with Eva, whose family successfully bid on the colorful painting.

For the second year in a row, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office received a generous donation to its Shop with a Sheriff program from Montessori of Chantilly – Casa dei Bambini. Each year, the kindergarten class 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. A donation of more than $1000 was given to the Shop with a Sheriff program after the auction.

"Our Montessori families value education for all children. Auctioning the students’ works of art to benefit a charitable cause is a great way to teach our children how to care about the community," said school director Deepa Simlot. "We want the children to have a sense of empathy."

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.

"Since Fairfax is such a prosperous county, we sometimes forget that there are families in our community who are struggling, especially in this tough economic time. It is heartwarming to see children at this Montessori school learn at such an early age to help those who are less fortunate," said Sheriff Stan Barry.

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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