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KG Sheriff’s Office preparing for ‘Shop with a Sheriff’

The King George Sheriff’s Office is preparing for its 2nd Annual ‘Shop with a Sheriff’ event, partnering again with the King George YMCA and the King George Walmart for the event which provides gifts and happiness to disadvantaged children.

On Dec. 18, children selected by the King George Social Services Department will gather at the King George YMCA and then be taken by bus on a shopping excursion to the Walmart in Dahlgren. The event will last from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Each child will be escorted by employees from the King George Sheriff’s Office and the YMCA to purchase clothing and toys not to exceed $100,” said Sheriff Steve Dempsey.

“To see the joy of the children shopping with the sheriff’s office employees and the YMCA staff makes this event truly a blessing and enhances the Christmas spirit of everyone’” Dempsey said.

Dempsey said he was grateful for the help of the YMCA and Walmart in making the ‘Shop with a Sheriff’ program a success in King George County.  “Last year was great,” he said. “We helped 25 children and their families have a special Christmas.”

“This is the 2nd Annual ‘Shop with a Sheriff’ event for our office and we find it especially rewarding in establishing a positive relationship with the children,” Dempsey said.

“Shop with a Sheriff’ attempts to create a lasting Christmas memory for the children selected to participate in the program. Last year the program’s organizers were heartened by the number of children who wanted to buy Christmas gifts for their siblings or parents rather than for themselves.

Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the King George YMCA, who helped coordinate last year’s event and will be working to help the children and their families again this year, said the event allows sheriff’s officers to get to know the children and allows the children the time to make a special connection with a sheriff’s officer.
“Last year I heard a little girl, while they were shopping at Walmart, tell the children around her that this was going to be her best Christmas ever,” said Dempsey. “That says it all.”

Dempsey said the sheriff’s office is seeking donations to help fund the upcoming children’s Christmas event.  Checks made out to ‘Shop with a Sheriff 2014’ can be sent to the Sheriff’s office and will be gratefully received.

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