Stuff the Bus, a cooperative program between the Rogers County Salvation Army and Wal-Mart, had a successful first year, providing a total of nine 55-gallon drums of school supplies to area schools.
“It was a resounding success, thanks to the generosity of Rogers County residents,” Rogers County Salvation Army Council President Jim Spangler said.
Five were filled at the Claremore Wal-Mart and four at the Catoosa Wal-Mart. The supplies were divided up by the percentage of students enrolled in the Salvation Army Food for Kids program and sent to every elementary school in the county as well as some middle schools.
“Here in Rogers County there is a constant need,” Spangler said. “Everything we provide is one less thing teachers have to buy.”
Spangler noted that there are no paid personnel in the Rogers County branch of the Salvation Army.
“All total we put $100,000 a year that people donate to us directly back into our community,” he said.
They hope to make Stuff the Bus and annual event, and to do more next year with better organization and advertising.
Still, Spangler was grateful for the generosity of the community.
“Thanks to the contributors and volunteers that made this possible,” he said.