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Fairfax County Sheriff's Office takes homeless children shopping for the school year

Fairfax County Sheriff's Office takes homeless children shopping for the school year. (ABC7 photo)

A group of young kids with no place to call home were getting a fresh start for the school year.

Thirty-nine children from three emergency shelters in Fairfax County went shopping with the sheriff.

The day started at the courthouse, and each kid was paired with a Sheriff’s deputy or support staff. Then, it was time for lunch and off to Target for an hour of shopping.

Sahil is getting ready to enter the sixth grade and he received some help shopping for school clothes from Sgt. Joe Imrich with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.

"Today is so good day. Today makes me so happy," Sahil said.

"You have the vest to go with this, and you can also wear the hat," said Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, as she gave some fashion tips to 7-year-old Jahmaiyah.

"It feels like I have family with me," said Jahmaiyah, while holding onto a brand new shirt. “I love them helping me when I need stuff.”

The young kids didn't have a home and sometimes they didn't have a family. They lived in a shelter, but on Thursday they looked at the sheriff's deputies as role models.

"It's just something I'd like to bottle and have every single day," Sheriff Kincaid said.

For the 25th year, the sheriff's office raised money and partnered with ShelterHouse, which is a non-profit that serves homeless families in Fairfax County.

The deputies helped the children rifle through racks at the Target in Burke. Each little boy and girl were given $250 to fill up their cart with clothes and supplies for back-to-school.

“For these kids to have brand new things walking into the first day of school just gives them so much dignity," said Joe Meyer, executive director and CEO of ShelterHouse.

With many of the kids coming from an abusive relationship, it was also a chance to break down the perception police were bad and broke apart their family.

"Nobody should be afraid of either a deputy or police officer and to be able to engage and partner with them and to let them know we are here to help them and keep them safe is huge,” said Kincaid. “This is all part of giving back and paying forward and it’s an opportunity we are very proud of to do every single year.”

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