Northland foster mom begins backpack drive for children in need

Emily Ness
Updated: February 21, 2021 10:34 PM
Created: February 21, 2021 06:10 PM

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.

“Children have always been my passion,” Anderson said. “I wish I could help every child.”

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:

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


Emily Ness

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