GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - Can you add soap, socks and school supplies to your next shopping list to help a local student succeed? "Soap, Socks and Supplies" is the theme for the fourth annual Stuff the Bus collection of school supplies and personal items organized by Hand 2 Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation . Stuff the Bus benefits about 3,000 Kent County middle school students from the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.
You can participate by donating back-to-school supplies like new spiral-bound notebooks, No. 2 pencils and pens, as well as personal items such as socks and soap. Stuff the Bus donations will be collected at 43 Fifth Third Bank locations throughout Kent County from July 29 through August 9. Donations of money will also be accepted.
There is a special opportunity to donate to Stuff the Bus August 12 at CruiserFest at Craig's Cruisers in Wyoming, 5730 Clyde Park Ave SW. Admission to CruiserFest is $15 and one free activity pass will be provided to CruiserFest participants in exchange for each bag of Stuff the Bus supplies they bring to the event.
"Each year we look forward to supplying the backpacks for the students, and each year we look forward to seeing how the community comes together to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank. "For many of us, picking up an extra notebook or pair of socks isn't much to ask – but starting school with the right supplies can make a huge difference in the life a child."
"Stuff the Bus is an important community partnership that makes a real difference for kids in need," said David Madiol, Amway manager of West Michigan community relations. "We're proud to continue to support this effort, especially as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Amway One by One Campaign for children that has helped 10 million children around the world, including here in West Michigan."
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