Get Ready to ‘Stuff the Bus’ Tomorrow

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CLEVELAND-- A very popular FOX 8 summer charity event is tomorrow.

Our annual Stuff The Bus campaign is now in its 7th year and will be bigger than ever before.

In partnership with the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, we are now including more cities with students in need and we are depending on you, our FOX 8 viewers, to make this year just as successful.

School supplies, which will be collected August 8, in our front yard at 5800 S. Marginal Road (Dick Goddard Way) from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., will now be for students in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Bedford, Warrensville Heights and qualifying schools in Lakewood.

Here is the list of new school supplies requested:

wide or college rule filler paper or notebooks
number 2 pencils
24 count box of crayons
construction paper
8 1/2 by 11 copy paper
kid’s scissors
markers
colored pencils
erasers
rulers
boxes of tissue
anti-bacterial soap and wipes
backpacks

If you have a business and have folders or stationary that are no longer needed, drop it off on August 8.  Teachers can make use of any type of paper or materials for teaching in a classroom.

According to the National Retail Federation, average back to school spending will be just over $635 per child this year.

But for Northeast Ohio families in need, it’s a price tag they simply cannot afford. “It’s huge. I mean, these kids go to school with nothing or very little,” said co-founder of the resource center, Kathy M. Hirko.

Eligible teachers will soon be visiting a warehouse in Cleveland and clearing off shelves for their classroom, free of charge.

Hirko said, “They’re for teachers who teach in the impoverished schools. And then the teachers can choose how they want to distribute the supplies.

In 2012, we were able to stuff six buses with new school supplies and organizers are expecting record breaking numbers on August 8, thanks to our FOX 8 viewers’ generosity.

Special thanks to Great Clips for their sponsorship and support for this year’s FOX 8 Stuff the Bus.