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West Virginians are being asked to participate in the second annual Thanksgiving collection campaign to help kids in transition to foster care.

Representatives from Mission West Virginia, the Children's Home Society and other supporters gathered Nov. 15 at the Charleston Civic Center for the first of four regional events designed to help children dealing with crisis.

West Virginia currently has more than 4,000 children in the foster care system.

The second annual Thanksgiving time luggage collection drive dubbed "Give Thanks and Carry On," launched Friday as part of Mission West Virginia's Carry On Campaign, is an effort aimed at collecting luggage, essential personal care items, and items of comfort for children who are in transition to the state's foster care system.

"No child should be forced to leave home with nothing but the clothes on their back," said U.S. Attorney General Booth Goodwin. "The Carry On Campaign was organized a few years ago as a way to help children make it through overwhelming times in their lives."

The Carry On Campaign began in October 2010 as a collaborative, multi-agency partnership that includes the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Mission West Virginia, Inc., the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney's Institute and the West Virginia Drug Endangered Children Task Force. The campaign supports children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect providing them with essential personal items upon their transition to the foster care system. 

"We're asking all West Virginians: if you're out shopping during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday or at any time this holiday season — take a moment to pick up a few personal care items to help a child in need," Goodwin said.

The campaign supports children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect providing them with essential personal items upon their transition to the foster care system. Items collected on behalf of the campaign include new and gently used luggage, duffle bags, stuffed animals, coloring books, journals, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other personal care items.

Additional items being collected during the winter months include coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, earmuffs, socks and blankets.

Three additional collection campaign announcements are upcoming in Ona at the Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home on Nov. 25; in Daniels at the Southern West Virginia Exceptional Youth Emergency Shelter on Nov. 26 and the Easton Center in Parkersburg on Nov. 27.

To find a drop-off location or to receive additional information regarding the Carry On Campaign, contact Carrie Dawson at cdawson@missionwv.org or call toll free 1-866-CALL-MWV (1-866-225-5698), ext. 24.