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'Fill the Bus' begins 2015 campaign
Goal is to provide supplies entire school year
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For the second consecutive year, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are partnering for "Fill the Bus," an annual back-to-school supply drive. Fill the Bus allows citizens the opportunity to 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.

"Programs like Fill the Bus can fill in the gap that these families find themselves in. 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 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 the month of July. All school supplies are needed, but according to Cooper, each year there seems to be a huge need for kindergarten mats and book bags for children in elementary through high school.

Bob Olliff, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia, said, "Last year we worked with Wal-Mart 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."

This year, the Outreach Center is joining the team along with long-time supporters of the program Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Matthew's Catholic Church.

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.



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