Backpacks donated to local police departments in memory of young murder victim

Hougom Foundation donates backpacks to police departments

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The memory of a young woman who was murdered in La Crosse will continue to live on in another way.

The Sara Rose Hougom Foundation delivered more than 75 backpacks they're calling 'Sara Packs' to area police departments Thursday.

The packs are loaded with things like stuffed animals, school supplies, candy, and wristbands for officers to hand out to kids in their community to make a positive influence in their lives.

Sara's mom says she hopes the packs spread the same kind of kindness her daughter did.

"It's so uplifting for me and for the foundation, and to honor Sara's memory. Sara had such a zest for life, that's why we call it living Sara Style, she could make people smile and laugh, she brought out the best in others, and it's a lifestyle that Sara lived and we want to continue," said Sherry Hougom.

In addition to the backpacks, the Hougom Foundation also donated $700 Thursday from a November spaghetti dinner to the La Crosse Police K-9 unit.

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