Shop with the Sheriff Helps Children Who Are Homeless, August 14

August 6, 2014

Two girls shop at Target with a deputy sheriff

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, about three weeks before school starts, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will treat 40 children who are homeless to a shopping spree for clothing and school supplies. Since 1992, the Shop with the Sheriff program has partnered with Target in Burke, Va, to help less-fortunate children get ready for the upcoming school year. This year the children will come from three emergency shelters: Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, Patrick Henry Family Shelter in Falls Church and Next Steps Family Shelter in Alexandria.

"Shop with the Sheriff allows our staff to give back to the community we serve and have a great time while we are doing it," said Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid. "Customers in the store often stop to ask about the program and cheer us on. We are lucky to work in a community that is so supportive."

Each child will be paired with a sheriff’s deputy and given a $250 gift card to use toward his or her purchase. The program is funded through donations from businesses and individuals.

The deputies will guide the children toward age-appropriate tops and bottoms, undergarments, shoes, coats and accessories. A child's parent or guardian usually sends a list of sizes for different items.

"Mostly the kids choose what they really need for school," said Sgt. Scott Mason, a long-time participant in the program. "But we also let them pick a couple of non-essential things because that makes the day extra special."

For more information about Sheriff's Office activities in the community, please visit the Sheriff's outreach page or email


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