Needy Kids Shop with a Sheriff

September 1, 2009

Sheriff Stan Barry presents plaque to Target employees. Kate Hanley stands to his left in yellow.A week before school started, 25 homeless children paired up with sheriff’s deputies to shop for school supplies and clothes at Target in Fairfax, Virginia. These school-age children resided in the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter and Shelter House-Falls Church.

“It is important for all of us that all of our children succeed in school,” observed Kate Hanley. “The Sheriff’s Office and Target deserve special thanks for making a positive impact on these children and their families. I am honored to have the opportunity to participate.”

For the past 16 years, the Shop with a Sheriff program has partnered with Target to help children and their families.  This year’s event took place on Tuesday, September 1. 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 had a list of needed items and a $150 gift certificate to use toward their purchases.

“The Sheriff’s Office is involved in a number of community activities but this is one of 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.”

Panera Bread and Dunkin Doughnuts in Fairfax City generously agreed to co-sponsor this event by providing breakfast to the staff and kids before they went on their back-to-school shopping spree.

Sheriff's deputy takes boys shopping at Target.The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter and Shelter House-Falls Church 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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