MASON — For the first year since its inception five years ago, Mason County will be included in the United Way of the River Cities’ “Stuff the Bus” program.
On Saturday, Aug. 8, a bus will be stationed at the Mason Walmart Supercenter on Mallard Lane from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members are asked to help “stuff” the bus with items to help ensure students are prepared for the school year.
Andrea Roy, United Way of the River Cities director of community impact, said because Mason County has an excess levy that provides traditional school supplies such as pencils, paper, and the like, they are going beyond the staples.
Mason County’s list of needs includes hoodies and sweatshirts of all sizes, alarm clocks, shaving cream, razors, feminine products, backpacks, Clorox wipes, school and generic t-shirts, and “Pull-Ups.” Food items needed (all individually wrapped or packaged) are boxed cereal, fruit snacks, toaster pastries, pretzels, cookies, cheese crackers, fruit cups, apple sauce, and granola, cereal and protein bars.
Other counties involved in the program are Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln in West Virginia, and Lawrence in Ohio. Each school system provided the list of needed items, which will also be distributed at the bus sites.
“United Way of the River Cities is thrilled to be partnering with the school systems in all five counties we serve,” Roy stated. “This is the first year Stuff the Bus will be in each county. Stuff the Bus is such an easy way for communities to support their local students.”
While the buses at the Barboursville, Huntington, Wayne and South Point Walmart locations will be provided by TTA, residents will stuff a Tri-River Transit bus in Lincoln County, and a school bus provided by Mason County Schools in Mason.
In addition to supplies, monetary donations will be collected the day of the event to purchase items for students who need them.
Also partnering in the project with United Way and Walmart is Ohio University Proctorville Center. Locally, the Mason County School System and the Mason County FRN are working with the agencies.