Eau Claire (WQOW) – Several local agencies are coming together to help provide drug endangered children in our area with basic needs and comfort.
Tuesday night, the Eau Claire Police Department (ECPD) and Leadership Eau Claire stuffed backpacks for that very purpose. Since 2015, the backpack program has been a part of Eau Claire County’s Drug Endangered Child (DEC) program for kids who have been removed from drug environments, to help them get through a couple days while their own items may be going through decontamination. Officials say these backpack serve as much more than just clean clothes for the kids.
"We’ve had an elementary aged girl tell us that, that was the first thing that she ever got that was all hers," said Eau Claire Officer Bridget Coit. "We try and also put a toy in that backpack, or a coloring book or some type of activity to help that child get through that tough time to keep their mind off of it."
Coit also said everything they’re able to put in the backpacks has come from the community.
If you’d like to donate to DEC, click here.