The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester will work with local Walmart stores to collect school supplies for disadvantaged families this weekend for its annual “Stuff the Bus” event.
Stuff the Bus will take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8 at area Walmart stores. Shoppers can buy and drop off items at collection bins at the front of each store.
“By donating school supplies to local children, you empower them to have a smooth academic start and as a result, achieve more throughout the school year,” said Major Debbie Burr, director of county operations for the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester. “It’s a boost that many need in both confidence and support as they get back to normal from the previous year.”
With a majority of children returning to the classroom after the pandemic, school supplies will be critical to helping them prepare and succeed, officials noted.
Walmart and Salvation Army have partnered for more than three decades to meet community needs through a range of social services, helping individuals and families overcome poverty and economic hardships.
“We’re proud to support the Salvation Army’s efforts to make a positive impact that will help Rochester’s children now and into adulthood,” said Irondequoit Walmart Store Manager Carl Larsen.
Nationally, the Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive will take place at more than 4,500 Walmart stores. For those at home who wish to donate, a Rochester Salvation Army online registry is available at salarmy.us/rocstb21.