Kansas company donates backpacks full of goodies to kids in protective custody

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Dodge City Police Dept. (Facebook) Dodge City Police Dept. (Facebook)
DODGE CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

For children in police protective custody in one Kansas community this holiday season, a local business has stepped up to make their lives a little easier.

The Dodge City Police Department says Western Beverage contacted them a few months ago about being the recipient of their service project and asked about what help was needed. 

The department explained that officers often have to taken children into protective custody because they are being abused or neglected. 

"We explained to them that we often have to take children into protective custody because they are being abused and/or neglected," Dodge City police said in a Facebook post.

Police usually need snacks, drinks and hygiene products for the kids, and department members sometimes use their own money for this. 

One idea was for each kid to get a new backpack that they can taken with them when they leave the police department. 

Those backpacks are filled with all kinds of age-appropriate snacks, drinks, personal hygiene items, small toys, books, stickers, and a new blanket to comfort them," the Facebook post says. "These backpacks and the items inside of them are a huge deal to these children and, sadly, in some cases, the only gifts they’ve ever received."

On Wednesday morning, Western Beverage donated those items. Police did not give the exact number of loaded backpacks or say how many children are currently in protective custody.

"Again, thank you Western Beverage, for your generosity and for directly impacting abused and neglected children in our community, and for shedding a little light on an otherwise dark day."

Western Beverage's Facebook page says it is an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler and distributor of other beverages.

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