On August 15, 2017, the Sheriff’s deputies paired up with 40 children from the county’s emergency shelters for lunch and a back-to-school shopping trip at the Target location in Burke, Virginia. The Sheriff’s Office raises enough funds throughout the year from businesses and individuals to provide each child a $250 gift card to spend on clothing, shoes and accessories.
“There is so much positivity that comes from interacting with these kids and the staff from the shelters,” said Sheriff Stacey Kincaid. “While their lives are filled with challenges, most of these kids still have a positive outlook. Although we are law enforcement, we want them to see that we care about them. The impression we make on them in just one day can last a lifetime. It is humbling and inspiring.”
“Studies have recently shown that when children go back to school with new clothing and supplies, they will have a more successful academic year,” said Shelter House Executive Director and CEO, Joe Meyer. “We serve nearly 1,400 individuals every year – more than half of those individuals are children. One of our top priorities at Shelter House is to encourage all of our youngest clients and to make them feel as optimistic and confident as possible while they are spending their time with us. Partnering with Sheriff Kincaid and the deputies every year is so rewarding and it is humbling to know our local law enforcement shares parallel priorities for our community’s youth.”
Shelter House children enjoyed the day by shopping with the officers and getting ready for back to school! We want to sincerely thank Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and the rest of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office for making the children feel so special.