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How a backpack can change the life for a child living in a drug home

Eau Claire (WQOW) -

A staggering 51 meth related cases involving children have taken place within the past year in Eau Claire County.

On Friday, volunteers packed backpacks for those kids in drug-related situations. So far, in 2017, the Eau Claire county Drug Endangered Child Program has handed out 100 backpacks in our community.

The backpacks are filled with clothing and personal hygiene items so children can transition into drug-free environments.

"Typically if they're living in a drug-endangered environment, most of, if not all of their belongings are contaminated," said officer Bridget Coit. "They are not allowed to bring those with them until they are sanitized and properly cleaned. So, that child literally leaves their house with nothing. We want to provide at least a couple of essentials for them to help get them by."

Volunteers packed bags for all different ages from newborns to teenagers.

Backpacks are stuffed twice a year and donations are always needed. Officer Coit said the number of backpacks handed out continues to rise every year.

If you would like to make a donation to help stuff backpacks in the future, checks can be made out to, "Eau Claire County DEC" and can be dropped off at the government center. Otherwise, you can call 715-839-4981 or 715-839-6712 for more information.

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