Record-Breaking Year for FOX 8 ‘Stuff the Bus’

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CLEVELAND – Thanks to you, thousands of students in Northeast Ohio will be going back to school with plenty of supplies.

On Thursday, FOX 8’s 'Stuff the Bus' campaign exceeded expectations when a record-breaking nine buses were filled with notebooks, pens, paper, backpacks and more supplies.

Last year, six buses of donated goods were collected outside FOX 8 News on South Marginal Road.

“The generosity has just been so wonderful. People have come with one bag; people have come with a trunkful,” said FOX 8’s Managing Editor Toni Garbo. “To be able to use the power of FOX 8 for the greater good of our community is a great gift!”

For the seventh year, FOX 8 has collected school supplies for local teachers. The Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center stores the donations in a facility where teachers from several local districts come and shop. There is no cost for teachers from qualifying schools and districts.

“We provide hope for children and we do it through teachers,” said Kathy Hirko from the facility on Perkins Avenue. "We’ve had people come from Hinckley; we’ve had people come from Mentor. I mean, that’s reaching out!  That’s reaching out. That says people in Northeast Ohio and companies in Northeast Ohio are believing in what we are doing.”

Thanks to your generous donations, The Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center is able to reach out to more school districts than ever before. Teachers in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Euclid, Warrensville Heights, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Bedford and parts of Lakewood will be able to get free school supplies for their students.

Throughout the day on Thursday, cars lined-up with people dropping off supplies.

“I think it’s a wonderful cause; it really is,” said Cheryl Babnik. “There’s so many kids that don’t have access to the things that they need. It’s a good thing.”

Pam Horvath works downtown and brought supplies donated by her colleagues.

“I was a former teacher, so I know how much teachers spend of their own money. So anything we can do to help teachers and help kids; it’s great.”

Great Clips was a proud sponsor of 'Stuff the Bus.'  Wyatt Cathcart is an employee of the chain of salons and he donated his time to help.

“I love volunteering. This is actually my seventh year coming here,” said Wyatt.

“It’s a great opportunity to teach them that to whom much is given, much is expected and so, they get to make a contribution to other people that are the same age as them,” said Alison Graves-Calhoun from Jack & Jill of America.

The African-American family organization helps children develop into leaders. Several of their members also volunteered their time on Thursday.

“Every child needs an education and if these things help and everybody else helps, it'll work,” said Larry Dusi, who donated several bags of supplies.

FOX 8 News sincerely thanks everyone in Northeast Ohio for supporting  Stuff the Bus!  It would not be possible without your generosity.

FOX 8 would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that helped us Thursday:

Great Clips, Hudec Dental, Jack and Jill of America Inc., BJ's Wholesale, Athersys, Schulz Landscape Service, Klineman Dental, Greater Cleveland Drug Court from Cleveland Municipal Court, Panera Bread, The Ohio Lottery, United Health Care, Berea Moving and Storage, Hughies Event Productions, Dave and Busters, Hard Rock Cafe, Zion Tree Service, FOX 8 Call for Action volunteers, Cleveland Metropark Rangers, Miami Jacobs Career College, Blackburns Hubcap and Wheel Solutions, Vern's Electrical Service, 200 Public Square office building, Harbor, Medina County Board of Disabilities, Our Lady of the Wayside, Wellington Senior Living, A&E Autosales, Farmers at State Farm, ODJFS, TTI Inc., Pieces of a Dream Limo, Cadillac Car Boys car club, MRI Software, Lakewood and Parma Heights Fire Departments, Hollo's Paper Craft, Charles Harris and Associates, AMG Marketing Resources, Board of Developmental Disabilities, Wolf Real Estate Management, Scholastic Sponsors Association, Doyle Insurance Services, TV 20, Kathy and family on Kathy's birthday, King Soloman Lodge #5 East Cleveland, Solon Police, CMHA Police, CSU College of Education, Boss Ladies Inc. Cleveland S.C., Lady Trend Setters Motorcycle Club and Sudden Apparition Investigative Night Team.