'Fill the Bus' school supply drive this Saturday

The bus will be parked outside of the Corbin Walmart from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. | File photo

CORBIN -- A community partnership is making it easier for individuals wishing to donate to a worthy cause this Saturday.

The Salvation Army in collaboration with Walmart has teamed up with the Corbin Independent School Family Resource Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) to offer a new event they're calling Fill the Bus.

Organizers are hoping to collect enough school supplies to fill the district's mobile meals bus. The bus will be parked outside of the Corbin Walmart from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. If the event is a success, organizers have agreed to make it an annual occurrence.

Michelle McDonald, a longtime FRYSC worker, said school supplies can get expensive and a lot of parents simply can't afford all of the items on the back to school list so events like these are a tremendous help. McDonald, along with Alisha Hammack who helped to set up the event, and other FRYSC coordinators will be at Saturday's event.

McDonald said although they aren't sure of the exact location of the bus -- you won't be able to miss it.

Items such as crayons, pencils, pens, markers, poster board and folders are among some of the necessities.

"Even if it's an item that's not on the list that people think we would need, we will accept it," McDonald said. "Hygiene items are always a huge thing that we need."

According to McDonald, anything that someone is willing to purchase they will find a home for it.

Socks and underwear are even needed due to accidents that sometimes happen during the school day.

Lt. Ken Griffey Jr. with the Salvation Army out of Middlesboro said these are exactly the types of projects that the Salvation Army wants to be involved in. The Salvation Army send thousands of children to camps throughout the summer and each ear they organize the angel tree project.

The Corbin event is just one of many that will be held across the state on Saturday.

"Kids are important to us," he said. "That's our next generation."

Griffery said he is thankful for the Corbin FRYSC stepping up to the plate and volunteering.

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