Shop with a Sheriff Program on Aug. 15 Will Benefit Children in Emergency Shelters
July 26, 2017
For 25 years the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office has been helping children who are homeless prepare for a new school year through the Shop with a Sheriff program. On Tuesday, August 15, Sheriff’s deputies will pair up with children from the county’s emergency shelters for a back-to-school shopping trip at Target in Burke, VA. The Sheriff's Office raises enough funds through the year from businesses, nonprofits and individuals to give each of 40 children a $250 gift card to spend on clothing, shoes and accessories. A sponsor also provides lunch at the Courthouse before everyone heads to Target.
Sheriff Stacey Kincaid says the event is her favorite of the year. "There is so much positive that comes from interacting with these kids and the staff from the shelters. While their lives are filled with challenges, most of these kids still have a positive outlook. They talk about school. They look out for their siblings. They ask us questions and tell us stories. Although we are law enforcement, we want them to see that we are approachable and that we care about them. The impression we make on them in just one day can last a lifetime. It is humbling and inspiring."
The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a pizza party at the Fairfax County Courthouse Atrium Cafe. At 12:45 p.m., the children, shelter staff and Sheriff’s Office personnel will arrive at Target in Burke for shopping.
This year’s Shop with a Sheriff sponsors include:
- Paisano’s Pizza
- Montessori of Chantilly - Casa Dei Bambini
- Fairfax County Federal Credit Union
- Let's Help Kids
- Fairfax Deputy Sheriff Union
- Fairfax Sheriffs' Association
- Fraternal Order of Police Fairfax Lodge 77
To learn more about Shop with a Sheriff, please email the Sheriff's Office.