Soup kitchen fills backpacks for people in need

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Volunteers at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen began filling backpacks Monday as part of their 2019 Backpack Project.

They will gift the backpacks to their adult guests at the soup kitchen. The non-profit has started accepting donations of backpacks, winter wear, and toiletries. This is the 11th year they had done the drive.

“We’re looking for warm clothes,” says volunteer Karen Pickard. “Sweatpants, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, scarves, lots of socks. Anything that you can think of that would make you warm and cozy in the wintertime is what we want to put in these backpacks.”

Daily Bread says they got almost 800 backpacks last year. After just one day of packing, they have over 100 already.

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