The Salvation Army Teams Up with Walmart to 'Stuff the Bus'
As life returns to normal for many, millions of American families and individuals continue to experience daily challenges that threaten their wellbeing. The back-to-school season can place a tremendous burden on families experiencing lost wages and looming evictions, as they are forced to choose between putting food on the table or making sure their kids have the tools needed for educational success.
To meet the need, The Salvation Army is working with Walmart to collect school supplies during the annual Stuff the Bus event from Friday, August 6, to Sunday, August 8. Shoppers will receive a list, and can purchase and drop off items at collection bins at the front of most Walmart stores throughout the greater Chicagoland area. They can also search their local Salvation Army’s online Registry for Good at www.salarmychicago.org/stuffthebus to donate supplies online right now with just a few quick clicks.
“The Salvation Army continues to adapt its services to ensure that children in every community receive the educational support they deserve. This includes the collection and distribution of school supplies, which remain critical to children’s success,” said Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “By donating school supplies, you can equip children in need with the tools they need to succeed and help to empower families working hard to get back on their feet after a challenging year.”
All school supplies will be distributed to families in the community where they are given, to help local children enter the school year ready to succeed.
The Salvation Army Stuff the Bus school supply drive will take place at more than 4,500 Walmart stores across the United States. The Salvation Army and Walmart have partnered for more than 30 years to meet community needs through a range of social services, helping individuals and families overcome poverty and economic hardships.
Families in need can access school supplies at their local Salvation Army corps.