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Volunteers fill backpacks for youth moved from drug-related situations


Altoona (WQOW) - As News 18 has reported before, drug use, especially meth, is on the rise in our area. We often focus our attention on the user in these cases, and many times forget about the negative impact drug use in a home can have on children.

Sunday night, UW-Eau Claire students teamed up with the Eau Claire County Drug Endangered Children Initiative. They filled backpacks with every day necessities that are safe, like clothing, hygiene products and toys, to give to kids removed from a drug environment.

Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King said they loaded up more than 50 backpacks, which they hope can bring some comfort to a child if they are forced from their home.

"When you are talking about children, that's the future of our community," King said. "Anything we can do to assist these kids through a difficult time and a difficult transition we want to do that. It is a very small thing but it is a very important project."

King says they packed 60 backpacks earlier this year, and have handed them all out to kids already. 

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