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Salvation Army holds Stuff the Bus Saturday

For those looking for a way to support students in need as school resumes for another academic year, the Salvation Army is providing one such opportunity.

Walmart and the Salvation Army are joining forces, aided by community volunteers and donors, to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the Stuff the Bus campaign event set for Saturday in Russellville, at Walmart on Highway 43. 

As part of a nationwide effort, the Stuff the Bus campaign event is one of nearly 3,000 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country.

Here’s how it works: Walmart customers Aug. 3 will receive a list of supplies needed by local students. Shoppers can choose the supplies they wish to donate, purchase those items and drop them off in a Salvation Army collection bin at the front of the store. 

“There are approximately 10,400 Shoals Area kids heading back to school this year,” said Salvation Army Capt. Benjamin Duel. “By donating school supplies for students in need, you’re easing the burden parents experience at the start of the school year.”

Duel also said donors are “helping set the right tone for these kids as they head back to school.”

“It’s the boost of confidence they need to have a successful year,” he added.

According to a press release announcing the event, Walmart and the Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs through collection efforts like Stuff the Bus. 

Supporters like Walmart help the Salvation Army serve the needs of more than 23 million Americans each year. 

All donations made at Stuff the Bus will remain in the local community and will help the Salvation Army provide back-to-school support for local children. 

To learn more visit www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/. To donate online visit www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/walmart-stuff-the-bus.