Annual Stuff the Bus event set for Saturday and Sunday

The annual Stuff the Bus event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, collecting backpacks and school supplies for needy students to begin the upcoming school year.

The goal this year is to raise enough donations to fill over 1,000 backpacks.

School bus collection sites will be located 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 the Dollar General Store, 1505 N. Jones Avenue, in Holcomb.

Donations will also be accepted any time at the Finney County United Way, 1509 E. Fulton Terr., and the Salvation Army, 216 N. Ninth St.

The distribution of the filled backpacks will be held in late July. A location site for the distribution has not been determined yet.  The backpacks will be delivered to families’ curbside for the safety of those getting the backpacks and the safety of the workers.  The backpacks are for families that are in need.

The event coordinators will be looking for 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), pocket folders (solid colored – brads an no brads), large erasers, school boxes, watercolor paints, scissors (kid-sized), and washable markers.