Community agencies seek to ‘Stuff the Bus’ this weekend

Several community agencies are collaborating to “Stuff the Bus,” a collaborative effort to collect backpacks and school supplies from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, July 13, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.

The group will collect donations in school buses that will be stationed in the parking lots of Dillon’s East, 1305 E. Kansas Ave.; Dillon’s West, 1211 Buffalo Jones Ave.; Target, 2401 E. Kansas Ave.; Walmart, 3101 E. Kansas Ave.; and Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2424 N. Taylor Ave.  Donations will also be accepted any time at the Finney County United Way, 1509 E. Fulton Terrace and the Salvation Army, 216 N. Ninth St.

The agencies are working to “stuff” the school buses full of school supplies so that every child in need will start the school year off with everything needed to have a successful school year. The goal is to get enough donations to fill over 1,000 backpacks.

The distribution of the filled backpacks will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 West Walnut St. Families who qualify for free or reduced meals from the school district or the SNAP program will be qualified to receive a backpack.

The event coordinators are seeking school supplies or monetary donations to assist with the filling of the backpacks including: 24 count crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens (blue and black ink), highlighters, glue sticks, glue (8 oz and 16 oz), spiral notebooks (wide and college ruled), notebook paper (wide and college ruled), three-ring binders (1-inch and 2-inch), pocket folders (solid colored), large erasers, pencil boxes, watercolor paints, scissors, and washable markers.