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Local homeless students go without basic necessities; find out how you can help

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - During the 2012-2013 school year 242 students in the Eau Claire School District experienced homelessness. That might include living in local emergency shelters, doubling up with friends or family, or being forced to stay in a car.

Jennifer Sevens and her children recently found themselves in a tight spot. Medical bills were piling up, and she worried about being able to put a meal on the table. When the family lost their home Jennifer says organizations like the Beacon House and the Eau Claire School District's homeless program were there to help.

"On the cold winter nights when you need an extra pair of socks, they were there! And they wouldn't have had that if it wasn't for donations. It's important to remember that everyone needs help at some time," says Stevens.

Sometimes our kids, our families come in and they don't have those things. Socks, underwear, diapers those are all things that we can certainly utilize and our families need," says Kelly Christianson, with the Beacon House.

That is why WQOW News 18 is launching the Top Drawer Drive. We've done this for the past couple of years, and the show of the support from the community was amazing. We need your help once again.

We'll be collecting socks and underwear at our station off Highway 93.  If you're wondering about sizes, anything that would fit a child in pre-K on up to a high school senior. You can also drop off donations at the school district office on Main Street.

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