Stuff the Bus campaign raises thousands of school supplies for local children
SPRINGFIELD TWP. The Salvation Army recently teamed up with area Walmart stores to help provide local school children with needed supplies through “Stuff the Bus.”
Community members across Northeast Ohio went to Walmarts across the region, including the location in Springfield Township, and donated school supplies for local school children.
More than 2,100 school supplies were collected through the program. Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio Division Cindy-Lou Drummond said the supplies will help children in the local communities.
“We are grateful for this collaboration with Walmart to help make this event happen during the pandemic,” Drummond said. “More than 600 school supplies items were donated to the Salvation Army of Akron during the Stuff the Bus campaign.”
Supplies are critical for success for the students. The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve through the pandemic.
Drummond said there are hundreds of children whose parents will need to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or insurance. The Salvation Army anticipated there would be an increased need for school supplies this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All the donations from “Stuff the Bus” stay in local communities.
The Salvation Army has, since the beginning of the pandemic, provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people.
Walmart and the Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Because of supporters such as Walmart, the Salvation Army serves more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services that help overcome poverty and economic hardships.
The Salvation Army’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign event is one of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country.
To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmyohio.org.