The Stuff the Bus event kicked off on Wednesday, as volunteers helped gather much need donations for community centers in Great Bend. The event is held each year at both Dillons locations and at Wal-Mart.
“This event is very important for the community for the simple fact that there are families that can’t afford school supplies for their children,” volunteer Chyenne Riggs said. “These young people still go to school and do their best. When I was young I got help from the same event, so I know what it means to these children to get what they need for school. I was very honored to volunteer on my day off to help a great cause.”
The Stuff the Bus event is held every year in Great Bend. The program is designed to receive donations of many different types of items to help out local charities in Great Bend to make the community a stronger place to live and help those that are in need.
“This event helps so many people in need,” volunteer Rebecca Ford said. “It helps our agencies spread our dollar a little bit further and it helps lift everyone up in the community. We are only as strong as the people in need. This event makes our community stronger and a better place to live.”
Items that were collected during the Stuff the Bus event include:
Agency wish list
Copy paper, backpacks, rulers, protractor/compass, glue stick/bottle, highlighters, notebooks, colored pencils, crayons markers, erasers, pocket folders, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, facial tissue, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, sponges, dish soap, paper/plastic ware, disinfectant wipes, sanitizer brushes/combs, toothbrushes, adult diapers, travel size, toiletries, feminine products, non-perishable snacks, non-perishable food, bottled water, batteries (AA/AAA), skeins of yarn, blankets, stuffed animals and diapers/wipes.
Hoisington Food Bank staple items
Green beans, whole corn, creamed corn, peas, pork & beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, mac and cheese, pinto beans, navy beans, noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, pineapple, mandarin oranges, peanut butter, jelly, dry cereal, chicken noodle soup, cream of mushroom, tomato soup, vegetable soup, gelatin desserts, pudding, oil, flour, sugar, soda crackers, potato flakes, tuna, laundry detergent and toilet paper.
The donations will go to the following organizations:
Barton Co Young Men’s Org,, Commission on Aging-Hoisington, Great Bend Children’s Learning Ctr., Orphan Grain Train, Barton County Youth Care, ElderCare, Habitat for Humanity, RSVP/Volunteers in Action, Caring Hands Daycare, Ellinwood Heritage Senior Ctr., Helping Hands, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, Family Crisis Center, Hoisington Community Food Bank, Teen Court, Central Kansas, CASA, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, Hoisington Historical Society, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Abuse Prevention Edu., Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice and Meals on Wheels.