United Way to expand back-to-school event – Arkansas News

United Way to expand back-to-school event – Arkansas News

“Stuff the Bus,” an annual effort by the United Way of Independence County to collect school supplies and other basic items for Independence County students, begins this month and culminates with a collection day Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Batesville Walmart.  
United Way and Citizens Bank launched “Stuff the Bus” in 2013 to collect school supplies. The following year, the Wood Family of Dealerships joined the campaign with “Best Foot Forward,” which seeks the donation of new athletic shoes for children who need them.  
Local United Way partners have banded together to expand “Stuff the Bus” even further in 2017. Batesville Help & Hope, with the help of Family Violence Prevention and The Community School will now be collecting very gently used to new outfits for children in need.
“Batesville Help & Hope serves over 800 families per month and this new program will help each child in their system start back to school with one or two ‘new’ outfits. This effort is going to take a village, we hope everyone will come together to support this expansion,” said Deanna Green, president of the Batesville Help & Hope board of directors.
The group’s goal is to collect 2,000 outfits by the end of July, according to Green.
For the 2017 version of “Best Foot Forward,” The Wood Family of Dealerships will be donating one pair of athletic shoes for each car sold during the month of July. Supplies will be collected during the last two weeks of July at all Citizens Bank locations in Independence County and at the United Way office. Very gently used or new outfits can be dropped off at Fresh Start Resale Shop at 1280 N. St. Louis, Monday through Saturday from 8:30…

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