Students in Campbell County School District schools report for classes beginning Monday, August 24, and the Gillette Salvation Army is doing its part to make sure those in need have school supplies.
In partnership with the Gillette Assistance League, a group of half a dozen local agencies and organizations, the Salvation Army in Gillette is sponsoring it’s annual “Stuff The Bus” event, a program working to collect donations of school supplies so underprivledged families can have one less thing to worry about.
The program is scheduled to run from August 3 – 9, but donations are being accepted after the end date as well.
Jenny Hartung, director of the Salvation Army extension office in Gillette, said new rules brought about by COVID-19 have made the donations even more important this year than they’ve been in past years.
“Children aren’t going to be able to share supplies like they used to,” Hartung said. “Each child will have to have all their own supplies.”
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There are two donation boxes, or “busses,” located at the Gillette Walmart. There’s also a bus in front of the Salvation Army office at 620 Highway 14-16.
Those wishing to make a monetary donation in lieu of purchasing supplies can drop cash or a check inside of the red kettles placed beside each Stuff the Bus box.
Hartung said all cash donations collected locally buy supplies that stay right here in Gillette, adding that last year, over 500 kids in Campbell County were gifted backpacks full of supplies thanks to the generosity of the community.
A list of supplies required by each school and grade can be found here.