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YMCA and Sheriff’s Office take children shopping

Needy King George children will go shopping with sheriff’s deputies tonight, then get treated to a reception at the King George Family YMCA.

The event is the first “YMCA Shop with a Sheriff” night in the county and is a joint effort between the YMCA and Sheriff’s Office.

About 25 children are scheduled to meet at the King George YMCA at 5 p.m. to be partnered with their deputies. The group then will go by YMCA bus to the Dahlgren Walmart, where deputies and their buddies will shop for an hour. Each child gets $100 to spend on clothes, a coat and up to $25 in toys.

Afterwards, the shoppers will return to the YMCA for a reception and family fun, said Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the King George YMCA.

Walmart and Foote Title Group in King George covered the cost of the program, which will become an annual event. The Sheriff’s Office is providing 25 deputies and about 20 other personnel for the program, which is done in a similar fashion in several other Fredericksburg-area localities.

The groups “saw a need and an opportunity to build relationships with families that need help during the Christmas season,” Clark said. “Taking time with a child is always a good thing.”

Next year, the King George Y will start a program year called YMCA Bright Beginnings to get children clothes and a backpack full of supplies for school. “It will be the same shopping concept,” Clark said. “We will start raising money for this program in March.”