United Way and BCS teaming up for kidsPublished 6:11pm Friday, July 25, 2014
The United Way and Beaufort County Schools are co-sponsoring the “Stuff the Bus” campaign beginning on Friday and running until Aug. 9,
Stuff the Bus is an annual event that allows children with limited resources to go back to school with the necessary supplies. BCS is asking for basic school supplies, along with backpacks, dictionaries and clipboards.
“I think Walmart will have a special price on backpacks and bookbags, but we’re looking for any kind of school supplies, whatever the children will need,” said Sally Love executive director of the United Way of Beaufort County.
BCS has been helping area students get ready for school with its Stuff the Bus drive the past four years. The United Way began partnering with the district last year, Love said.
Love said the goal of the United Way was to partner with the school district and help furnish the children with supplies.
To help the United Way and BCS, Walmart is providing a drop off point for school supplies. Walmart is providing containers for the school supplies at the entrance of the store until Aug. 2. Love said Walmart will be doing the promotion for two weeks to help kids in the community.
The final of day of the drive from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., there will be a bus in the Walmart parking lot collecting more supplies people may want to drop off.
“Walmart is huge in the community and it should be,” said Jason Perry, Walmart store manager said. “We’re one of the largest retailers and with the traffic we got, we have the greatest impact to help.”
There will be another Stuff the Bus event on Aug. 9, at Bojangles on Carolina Avenue. BCS will have a bus in their parking lot to collect items as well, Love said.
The children receiving the school supplies will range from Kindergarten high school seniors. BCS will separate the supplies accordingly, Love said.
Walmart is located at 570 Pamlico Plaza in Washington and Bojangles is at 305 Carolina Ave.