Needy Kids Shop with a Sheriff
September 1, 2009
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.
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.