Stuff the Bus needs more supplies this year | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Store shelves are filling up with school supplies. Some districts hope you'll buy a few extra items, because they have an increasing number of students who can't afford even the basics.
Stuff the Bus kicks off Friday, August 3. Organizers are striving to get at least 500 more supplies than last year to meet the demands of six districts.
This is the third year for "Stuff the Bus" in the Grand Rapids area, and sponsoring companies first collected 2,500 supplies.
The goal this year is to receive 3,500 brand-new pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, and rulers.
Sponsors, including Amway and Fifth Third Bank, are donating backpacks with deodorant, shampoo, and toothbrushes.
These will go to middle schoolers in Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Jenison, Wyoming Park, Godfrey Lee and East Kentwood public schools.
At GRPS, for example, 86 percent of students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.
Amway Brand Manager David Madiol say the items will go to middle schoolers, because they are often forgotten.
"It's an unfortunate fact that there's a need for more every year. It's not like we're happy to up it 500 backpacks this year, it's a double-edged sword," said Madiol.
He says the 3,500 supplies, including the donated backpacks - could literally fill one school bus.
You can donate supplies at any of the 37 Fifth Third Bank branches in Kent County, during bank hours.
Townsquare Media is also holding some radio remotes. For those, a bus will be at Knapp's Corner on Friday from 11 a.m - 1 p.m. Friday, August 3.
Additional radio remote events will be as follows:
6210 Kalamazoo Ave on Tuesday, August 7 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Helms Center (Plainfield Rd) on Thursday, August 9 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Jenison Fifth Third Bank on Friday, August 10 from 4 - 6 p.m.
Monetary donations are also accepted.