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WAUSAU – Team members from REI Engineering, Inc. and Northwest Petroleum Services, Inc. recently collected 3,725 food items and monetary donations for Blessings in a Backpack D.C. Everest and Wausau.

The donation will benefit school-age children in need in the D.C. Everest and Wausau school districts. Blessings in a Backpack provides food over the weekend to children who might not get enough to eat on the weekends. Students receive a package each Friday with two breakfast items, two snacks and two lunches of easy-to-prepare food items.

In the Wausau and D.C. Everest schools, up to 77 percent of elementary-age students qualify to receive supplementary food from Blessings in a Backpack, according to an REI news release.

“REI is proud to be a community partner and help enhance and support the needs of our community,” said REI President Jeny Nieuwenhuis in the release.

Photos courtesy REI.