‘Stuff the Bus’ new initiative to help students who need back to school supplies

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Salvation Army found a new way to help people in need.

Today, August 3rd, volunteers worked on the ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign. The initiative is to make sure that kids across the Stateline are ready for the first day of school.

About 3,000 Walmart stores are working with the Salvation Army, but Salvation Army of Winnebago County says the local donations will help local children.

Diana Tolcher is the Community Relations Director for Salvation Army. She explained more details about the initiative.

“All of the school supplies that we are going to be collecting today are going to stay in Winnebago County,” Tolcher said.

The Salvation Army realizes that the cost of school supplies and getting kids ready to go back to school is rising.

“School supplies are expensive, and those lists are getting longer and longer,” Tolcher said. “We feel it’s very important to help ease the burden of needy families that need the supplies.”

One Rockford resident, Ruby Coffee, remembers what it was like during the back to school time. She wants to make sure families are able to give their kids all the need.

“I’m willing to do that because I once needed help myself. Even though I don’t have kids in school anymore, I don’t mind,” Coffee said. “You should always be willing to help somebody. You never know when you might be down. Y’know, just keep a smile, and just help if you can. If you can’t, you keep moving.

The people that have been donating, seem happy to support the cause.

“People have been generous. We give them a piece of paper that lets them know the kinds of things that we’re looking for, and when they come out, we have these great big red barrels, and they’ve generously been popping those school supplies into them,” Tolcher said.

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