For the second consecutive year, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia will partner for “Fill the Bus,” an annual back-to-school supply drive.
The campaign helps provide school supplies for children in need in the Bulloch County school system.
“We know that several local churches and organizations provide opportunities for parents and children to pick up school supplies at various events during the month of July, however, many families are unable to attend these events or find that they need more supplies than these events are able to provide,” said Lora Cooper, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County.
Open houses for public schools in Bulloch are set for a week from Thursday – July 30 – and the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 3.
“Programs like Fill the Bus can fill in the gap that these families find themselves in,” she said. “By working directly with the school social worker, we are able to meet needs that might go unmet. We are able to assist children and their families in having a successful school year by collecting a reserve of school supplies that can be tapped into at the both the beginning of the school year and throughout the year as children run out of these much needed school necessities.”
School supplies will be collected throughout July an all school supplies are needed. However, Cooper said each year there seems to be a huge need for kindergarten mats and book bags for children from elementary through high school.
This year the Outreach Center is joining the team along with long-time supporters of Stuff the Bus, the previous name of the back-to-school supply drive, Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Bob Olliff, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia, said: “Last year we worked with Walmart to collect school supplies both inside the store and on a school bus parked in front of the store. We are always looking for others partners for this worthwhile endeavor. As always happens with giving – you receive much more than you ever give.”
For more information on Fill the Bus 2015 and how you can help, call the Outreach Center office at (912) 489-8547 or the United Way office at (912) 489-8475.