HSHS Sacred Heart employees donate 136 backpacks to EC students

Eau Claire (WQOW)- With school right around the corner, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is stepping up to make sure students don’t go without supplies. 

Cari Shill, a surgical technician at HSHS Sacred Heart, said on July 11 a request was sent to HSHS Sacred Heart colleagues to help support the Eau Claire District’s Homeless School Site Program by donating 51 backpacks, and within 24 hours they met that number. 

Shill said since they were able to donate that many backpacks in such a short amount of time, they decided to see what else they could help out with. 

They ended up collecting 136 backpacks for grades K-5, 595 pairs of socks, and 77 pairs of shoes just to name a few things on the list. 

"Starting the first day of school can always be scary, intimidating especially if you don’t have the resources to the things that you need such as notebooks, folders, shoes, socks, backpacks. Things that we take for granted are a rare commodity for some people, so we joined together to make it a little bit easier on these kids when they’re going back to school," Shill said. 

Most of the backpacks and supplies will be going to Putnam Heights Elementary, and extra supplies will go to the Eau Claire School District. 

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