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Community asked to stuff bus with school supplies

EPPING — "Stuff a Bus" events are usually held during the holiday season to collect toys for kids, but for the first time donors are being asked to fill a school bus with much-needed supplies.

The Walmart Supercenter in Epping will hold a "Stuff a Bus" drive on Saturday with help from Epping Boy Scouts and Fire Department Explorers.

The event aimed at collecting back-to-school supplies will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the store at 35 Fresh River Road.

People are encouraged to drop off backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons and other items that children can use at school.

"We figured with the economy it would be a great way to help local kids. We'll take any donations we can get," said Kitty Book, an assistant manager at the Epping Walmart.

The goal is to fill a mini bus provided by Seacoast Learning Collaborative with supplies.

A larger school bus is used when gifts are collected during the holidays, but organizers felt it would be too big for this drive.

"With school supplies I imagine it will be a lot of smaller items," said Cliff Cray, a committee member who works with Epping Boy Scouts and also serves as an advisor for the Epping Fire Explorers.

Cray rounded up some volunteer Scouts and Fire Explorers to lend a hand with the event.

"It seems like there are a lot of kids who don't have what they need to have when they start school. The school can only supply so much," Cray said.

He said backpack donations will be especially helpful for children who want a backpack but can't afford one.

"It's amazing the amount of stuff people will donate when they find out it's for a good cause," Cray said.

The drive will also help teachers.

"Some of the teachers even take out of their own pockets to buy the items," Book said.


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