Thanks for helping ‘Stuff the Bus’

The House of Compassion “Stuff the Bus” school supply give-away held Aug. 11 and 13 was a huge success thanks to the community. Backpacks filled with basic school supplies were given to more than 881 Marshall County students in preschool and grades K-12. If this year is no exception, an additional 100-150 will be given out (without backpacks) at the House of Compassion in the coming few weeks.

Thanks goes to community churches, banks, businesses, organizations, and individuals for the generous donations of supplies and money. Once again St. Paul’s Episcopal Church graciously allowed use of their church hall for the “give-away.” Thanks also to the 52 volunteers who donated nearly 340 hours of their time to help 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.

Families who received the supplies were very grateful for the help. One woman said,”Thank you so much for all your help and all that you do for families like mine! Without your help my children would start school with nothing.” Another family wrote, “Thank you for helping the children. We appreciate your help as we have had medical issues that insurance does not cover.” One more parent wrote, “Thank you for the school supplies for my first, ninth and 10th graders. Having these available takes a big load off my shoulders wondering how I am going to get things for them.” 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.

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