PIQUA — When it comes to helping kids, both the Piqua Area United Way and Mark Reedy are known for their individual efforts. Now they’ll be teaming up to make sure local children have the necessary tools to start off the school year.
In conjunction with Piqua City Schools, the United Way and Reedy, a financial consultant for Thrivent Financial, are going to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for needy kids.
A school bus will be parked at the Piqua Walmart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, ready to be filled with supplies donated by shoppers.
“As the summer ends and school begins, many families begin to wonder where the funds for their children’s school supplies will come. The expense of daily living is already difficult for many in the current economy,” Sean Ford, executive director of Piqua Area United Way, said in a press release.
“Therefore, the Piqua Area United Way wanted to take this need and turn it into an opportunity to serve our community and the children in it by collecting the school supplies.”
Then on Saturday at 5 p.m., Reedy will host a “Stuff the Bus” event at Garbry Big Woods Reserve, 6660 N. Casstown-Sidney Road. In addition to collecting school supplies, he’ll be serving up tasty helpings of hamburgers, hot dogs and other picnic foods.
“I’m all about helping kids and this is just another way to do it,” Reedy said. “This gives people two opportunities instead of just one.”
Shoppers are encouraged to bring the following items to either event: art supplies, band-aids, new or “gently used” children’s books, binders, colored pencils and markers (washable), composition books, construction paper, crayons, dry erase markers, folders, glue/glue sticks, hand sanitizer, highlighters, Kleenex, notebook paper, pencils, pens, Post-It notes, scissors, subject dividers and Zip-loc bags.
In addition, volunteers are needed at Friday’s “Stuff the Bus” event to help sort what the United Way hopes will be a busload of supplies. To volunteer, contact Sean Ford by calling (937) 773-6786 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.