Kemper County's 'Stuff the Bus' held Tuesday

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DE KALB, Miss. (WTOK) - The United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign was held in DeKalb Tuesday.

“We’re hoping to collect at least around $14,000 worth of materials, and about $1,500 worth of donations,” says Loretta Hulin, the Kemper County coordinator for Stuff the Bus.

The school supplies will help benefit the elementary school students in Kemper County.

“We know that in our county, that there are a lot of needs out there- particularly with the children,” Hulin says. “And with parents having multiple children, buying uniforms and school supplies is really a hit on their pocketbook. So the community just wants to help so that when the first day of school comes, everybody goes to school and not have anybody that doesn’t show up because they do not have the resources.”

People we talked to say that the Stuff the Bus event is a good way for anybody in the community to help out those in need.

“It’s important because some of our kids need help, and this is the community’s way of helping these kids,” says Annie Mosley. “I love kids- all kids, because I’m a teacher, so I see where there is help, and it is up to us to help.”

Volunteers from Mississippi Power, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, the Civic League, Zeta Phi Beta, and other community members were at the event.

“We have volunteers who are logging in the supplies and we have students who are actually putting the supplies on the bus and will help us all off-load them, to where we will carry them and count the items, and box them up for the elementary schools,” Hulin says.

There will be another Stuff the Bus event Wednesday in Philadelphia at the Community Development Partnership from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meridian’s Stuff the Bus will be held on Thursday at Raising Cane’s and at Bonita Lakes Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in both locations.