Salvation Army, Walmart partner to ‘Stuff the Bus’

Published 9:45 am Friday, July 17, 2015

The Austin Salvation Army is partnering with Walmart to “Stuff the Bus” as part of its back-to-school donation drive.

The groups will accept donations from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

It may still be summer, but Walmart and the Salvation Army are telling people it’s already time to think about what kids will need to start the school year right: basic school supplies like notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, calculators, backpacks and just about anything else in the back-to-school aisle.

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The Salvation Army strives to help children in need, and officials said it is important to provide children with the tools needed to prepare them for the future. Every year hundreds of school children are helped thanks to donations.

“Any parent knows the cost and the work that it takes to check everything off that back to school list,” said Lt. David Amick, Austin Salvation Army administrator, in a press release. “It’s an even greater burden for families who have hit hard times or just cannot afford the supplies.”

People can also drop off supplies at the Salvation Army Worship and Service Center at 409 First Ave. NE.

Distribution of school supplies collected this year is scheduled for Aug. 27 just before the start of the school year.