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Video: Northland foster mom begins backpack drive for children in need

Feb 22, 2021 09:05AM ● By Editor

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Paige Anderson pictured with her children.  Photo: WDIO-TV

By Emily Ness of WDIO-TV - February 21, 2021

Paige Anderson of Duluth has spent the better part of the past decade fostering nearly 50 children.

She has seen firsthand the difficulties they face, including, a lack belongings to call their own.

This is why Anderson was inspired to start a backpack drive for children in need.  Anderson has been spreading the word about the backpack drive on Facebook, encouraging the community to donate.

So far, she said the Northland has been generous, donating art supplies, toys, snacks and so on.

“I bought bins to organize all the toys,” Anderson said. “I feel like Santa's workshop right now.”

On Sunday, Anderson and her children set a goal to fill nearly 50 backpacks for children in need.

She said filling the backpacks would be personal for herself and her children.

“Just to have something that is theirs and not somebody else's is huge,” Anderson said. “My kids who came to me came with nothing, so they understand.”

Anderson is still collecting donations and hopes to receive more teen friendly items, like journals and ear buds. Those who would like to donate can email her at: [email protected].

She aspires to continue these efforts in the future and by working with local organizations that help children in need.

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