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U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, along with representatives from Mission West Virginia, Inc., and the West Virginia Children's Home Society will now gather on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Easton Center in Parkersburg to make an announcement regarding the Thanksgiving time luggage collection drive, "Give Thanks and Carry On."

The luggage collection drive, formed as part of Mission West Virginia's Carry On Campaign, collects essential personal care items, and items of comfort for children who are in transition to the state's foster care system.  

 The collection drive announcement originally scheduled for Nov. 27  in Parkersburg was postponed because of inclement weather.

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 is designed specifically to support children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect by 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 and essential personal care items. Items collected are distributed by Mission West Virginia, Inc. 

This is the second year in a row that U.S. Attorney Goodwin has partnered with the West Virginia Children's Home Society and its affiliates for a Thanksgiving collection drive supporting children in transition to foster care.