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Fairfax Sheriff's pair with 40 children to shop for school supplies at Target in Va.

Fairfax Sheriffs deputy shops with student for school supplies and clothes at Target store in Virginia, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 (Cheryl Conner/ABC7) 

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy Brook Norgart and Etana are meeting for the first time at lunch.

“I’m talking to like law enforcement. It’s like pretty awesome. You don’t do that every day,” said Etana, who only gives her first name for confidentiality.

It’s not every day that a deputy tells you her past, an open door for the 15-year-old who is living in a homeless shelter.

“I actually grew up in foster care myself. And I chose to do this and do the types of jobs I’ve done because I want to help other children out there and let them know that there are people that care about them,” said Norgart.

Etana and Norgart then headed over to Target to "Shop with a Sheriff."

The freshman chose backpacks and notebooks first, over new shoes and clothes.

“I want to be really focused on school so I can do well and everything and I can help my parents with stuff,” said Etana.

Forty children from Shelter House in Fairfax County, Virginia paired up with a deputy for the 25th year of Shop with a Sheriff.

The director says it gives them dignity on their first day of school.

“When they go in they see all of their other friends with new stuff, new shoes, new clothes,” said Joe Meyer, executive director with Shelter House.

At the checkout, the kids get to spend $250 each, all donations from the community.

Sheriff Stacey Kincaid says it also offers up a good experience with law enforcement.

“A lot of them perhaps have had bad experiences by virtue of seeing what their parents, or caregivers or loved ones have been through,” said Kincaid.

Etana will make it her mission to live independently, knowing it all starts with the books.

“I just feel like education is really important. I want to be able to get a job so I can help my parents,” she said.

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