Another successful year for ‘Stuff the Bus’

The House of Compassion “Stuff the Bus” school supply distribution was held Aug. 5 and 7 and was a huge success thanks to the community. Backpacks filled with basic school supplies were given to 650 Marshall County students in Preschool and grades K-12. Nearly an additional 160 was given out (without backpacks) at the House of Compassion in the following two weeks. Extra supplies were given to the schools.

Thanks goes to community churches, banks, businesses, organizations, and individuals for the generous donations of supplies and money. Many stores and businesses were collection sites, and we appreciate their help also. Once again St. Paul’s Episcopal Church graciously allowed use of their church hall for the “distribution.” Thanks also goes to the people at the school bus barn who brought the bus to Hy-Vee and Walmart each of our designated days. Thanks also to the 54 volunteers who donated nearly 400 hours of their time to help collect, sort and pack the supplies on the bus and also at the church. This project would not be possible without all of the willing workers. We couldn’t do what we do without you doing what you do.

Families who received the supplies were very grateful for the help. One woman said, “Thank you for helping us through our struggle. I appreciate it so much.” Another lady wrote, “Thank you for helping me and for donating school supplies. Thanks to you my kiddos will be ready and proud.” The hundreds of thank you notes from children and their parents always makes working on this project worthwhile. Getting students started in school each year can be incredibly expensive, and nothing seems to be getting cheaper.

This is a great community project with many hands working together to make a positive impact on our youth as they started their new school year.