Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The 2013 Stuff-a-Bus campaign is now complete, and it was another big success--thanks to people like you!
This past Friday, News19 once again asked people to donate toys and canned goods to fill up transit buses. It was the second Friday of the campaign.
This week, we were out at the Sumter Walmart, the Walmart in Harbison, and the Walmart on Two Notch Road in Richland County.
The Sumter location brought in just under 1,400 toys, 77 Bikes and $1,200 in cash for people needing assistance this holiday season. Two Notch location brought in 1,950 toys, 20 bikes and 25 articles of clothing and Harbison Stuff-A-Bus brought in just under Two Thousan Toys, 28 bikes, 35 articles of clothing and just under Five THOUSAND pounds worth of food items!
Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies in cooperation with neighborhood watch groups and homeowners' associations came out and donated more than 4,000 pounds of food and more than 500 toys to assist in stuffing the bus.
Over the next week and a half, these items will be given to families in need who signed up for holiday assistance from the Salvation Army.
We want to thank all of you plus all the businesses, civic groups, schools, and law enforcement agencies who came out and donated last week and this week.
Stuff-a-Bus is a partnership between WLTX, the Salvation Army, the COMET-Central Midlands Transit, SWRTA, Walmart, and Clear Channel. This was the 11th year of the campaign.
All donations are processed and distributed through the Salvation Army to families who have demonstrated the need for assistance. The COMET-Central Midlands Transit and SWRTA provides the empty buses to be filled, and Walmart donates space in their parking lots.