United Way of South Mississippi is asking residents of Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone counties to help “Fill the Bus.”
The annual school supply drive is in full swing, and supplies can be donated through donation boxes at Walmart Supercenters in Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Picayune, Waveland and Wiggins.
Needed items range from pencils, crayons and notebooks to boxes of facial tissue and hand sanitizer. A complete list of requested items is attached to each donation box.
The drive continues through July 31. On July 26, volunteers will begin moving items to buses for distribution to local school districts. Schools will then distribute supplies to needy children and families.
Last year, the drive generated more than 14,000 school supplies, and the need continues to be great, said Kathy Springer, UWSM CEO.
“Fill the Bus supports children in our communities by giving them the tools and the confidence they need to succeed in the classroom,” she said. “There is a great need for school supplies, and we know the community will step up and support the drive.”
For more information or to volunteer on July 26, contact Kellee Caldwell, UWSM director of volunteers and special projects, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (228) 896-2213.