Shop With a Sheriff Benefits Children Who Are Homeless

August 15, 2013

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, about two weeks before school starts, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will treat 30 children who are homeless to a shopping spree for clothing and school supplies. For 20 years, the Shop with a Sheriff program has partnered with Target to help less-fortunate children get ready for the upcoming school year. The participating children currently reside in the Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters. Each child will be paired with a sheriff’s deputy and given a $325 gift card to use toward his or her purchase.

"Shop with a Sheriff allows children to interact with law enforcement officers in a positive way and learn a little bit about budgeting," said Sheriff Mark Sites. "On top of that, we always have fun shopping together."

Since 1992, the Burke Target has been the primary sponsor of Shop with a Sheriff. Several local businesses have joined in sponsoring this worthwhile event. This year, Montessori of Chantilly and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce made generous cash donations, and Panera will provide breakfast to the staff and children 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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