Stuff the bus re­turns in time for back to school

The Drumheller Mail - - FALL/WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

This Thurs­day the Sal­va­tion Army is chal­leng­ing the com­mu­nity to Stuff The Bus.

The event is set to go on Au­gust 31 and has be­come a com­mu­nity tra­di­tion. The goal is to fill a bus with food do­na­tions for the Sal­va­tion Army. This comes at an op­por­tune time for the Sal­va­tion Army, as of­ten their food bank’s shelves are de­plet­ing. It is also a time when the need to stock up on items for back to school.

“It is kind of touch and go. We just made a gi­ant or­der,” said Je­nessa McAu­ley, com­mu­nity and fam­ily worker at the Sal­va­tion Army. “We do have do­na­tions, but we also find we are mak­ing or­ders.”

There is a unique de­mand as the school year looms.

“As soon as Septem­ber hits every­thing changes. There are a lot more fam­i­lies for sure,” she said.

Some of the items they need are snacks for packed lunches such as gra­nola bars and pud­ding. McAu­ley says peanut but­ter is a sta­ple they can al­ways use, and in fact, they try to make sure it is a reg­u­lar item in ham­pers. Tinned meat for sand­wiches is also help­ful.

En­cana has come on board again this year. For ev­ery pound of food do­nated, En­cana will do­nate $2, or for ev­ery $1 dol­lar do­nated, En­cana will match it up it $3,000.

Or­ga­nizer Shan­non Wade is grate­ful for the com­pany’s con­tin­ued sup­port.

New this year, they are host­ing a bar­be­cue on site. They are sell­ing a burger and a pop for $5 with all of the funds go­ing to The Sal­va­tion Army.

The bus will be in the park­ing lot at the ATB in Drumheller from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vol­un­teers are also of­fer­ing a pickup ser­vice for those who can’t make it out.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to help out, con­tact Shan­non Wade at 403-820-0897.

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Stuff the Bus is set to go this Thurs­day at the ATB Park­ing Lot.This event helps the Sal­va­tion Army re­plen­ish its food bank shelves.

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