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The Salvation Army Joins Forces With Walmart to “Stuff the Bus” for Kids in Need

St. Vrain Valley volunteers and community members donate school supplies for local children returning to school during the pandemic – whether online or in the classroom.
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Walmart, The Salvation Army and the Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley are teaming up to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at both Walmart locations in Longmont on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

For kids preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. Due to In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve. This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Longmont is one of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. When shoppers visit Walmart on August 8, they can purchase and drop off requested items at The Salvation Army collection bins at the front of each store. 

All supplies will be distributed to local students in coordination with the Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley.

“There are many children in whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or other basic needs insurance,” said Elaine Klotz, treasurer of the Longmont Service Extension Unit of from The Salvation Army. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to the novel coronavirus.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army organization has provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people, in addition to the financial assistance, hygiene kits, and youth programs the organization provides in almost every ZIP code in America.

For those unable to make it to Walmart that day, there is a searchable online registry listing all the items needed; each item requires just one click to purchase.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services that help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to local children in need.