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Stuff the Bus for local kids
Annual school supplies event today at 5 p.m. at Chick-fil-A
In this Herald file photo from July 2009, Shanterra Whitehead welcomes Ricky Allen, far right, as he carries aboard a donation of school supplies from First Baptist Church for the annual Stuff the Bus event at Chick-fil-A. The restaurant on Northside Drive will be the site of the 2010 Stuff the Bus event today from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign by Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County provides school supplies to students in the county school system.
    The drive concludes today from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Chick-fil-A on Northside Drive where participants actually will stuff a Bulloch County school bus with supplies. Anyone who brings an item for the drive today will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A purchase.
    During the past few weeks, Prevent Child Abuse has gathered donations of any and all school supplies, said Lora Cooper, executive director for the Bulloch agency.
    Items include pencils, paper, notebooks, hand sanitizer, sleeping mats for kindergarten students and other common supplies that students need for a successful school year.
    Donations were accepted at the Statesboro Regional Library, 180 Fitness, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Matthew Parish and Newman Center, Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
    Items and cash donations will be accepted tonight at Chick-fil-A.
    Cooper said the organization divides supplies it receives equally among all the schools where they are then given to students. Parents who are interested in the program should contact their child’s school, Cooper said.
    PCA Bulloch County is the county extension of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.
    The state of the economy has put some families struggling to provide supplies for their children, but Cooper said the event has seen public support in the past and she believes this year will be no exception.
    “We’ve been doing this for well over five years now,” she said. “People in Statesboro are just very giving and willing to help, so we’re expecting this year to be another successful year.”

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