Donors in Malheur County turn backpack project for foster kids into a success

Selena Melendrez holds up money she collected last week to help buy backpacks for foster children. Melendrez gathered bottles and cans for the Treasure Valley Youth Development Academy to help with the project. (Photo courtesy of Eddie Melendrez).

VALE – Children removed unexpectedly from their homes in Malheur County to protect them no longer will have to go a stranger’s home with little they can call their own. Donors in recent weeks have contributed money to buy 69 backpacks for children who are going to foster care. Each backpack will include personal basics such as a toothbrush, books, and a stuffed animal.

The donations will be processed by CASA of Eastern Oregon and its Malheur County branch. The backpacks will go to state authorities at the Ontario district office of the state Department of Human Services.

The Malheur Enterprise . . .