Local organization plans backpack giveaway for foster and kinship children

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Kelly's Closet is celebrating its one year anniversary with its first "Pack the Back" event.

The local non-profit organization will be giving backpacks and school supplies to children in foster and kinship care.

Kelly's Closet was started to ease the burden of foster and kinship parents who take on children with little to no notice.

There are about 7,000 children in foster care in West Virginia, according to owner Kelly Polinsky.

"Most of that is due to the opioid crisis," Polinsky said. "The opioid crisis has created a crisis in foster care. Therefore there's lots of kids in foster care. There's also lots of grandparents and family members stepping up to take care of kids."

The event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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