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Salvation Army, Walmart Host ‘Stuff the Bus’ for Keiki in Need

August 5, 2021, 8:48 AM HST
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The Salvation Army and Hawai´i Walmart stores are teaming up for “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive events this weekend, Aug. 6 through Aug. 8, 2021. 

For keiki preparing for the upcoming school year, supplies remain critical to success. In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve.

This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign events at all 10 Hawai´i Walmart stores are part of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at locations across the country. When shoppers visit their local Walmart on August 6, 7, and 8, they can purchase and drop off requested items at Salvation Army collection bins at the front of each store.  

“There are thousands of keiki in Hawai´i whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, rent, the electric bill or insurance,” said Major Phil Lum, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to COVID-19’s impact on our local economy.” 

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships each year through a range of social services.   

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All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the local community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to children in need. For more details, visit StuffTheBusHawaii.org

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