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The Salvation Army joins forces with Walmart to “Stuff the Bus” for kids in need

Alexandria volunteers and community members donate school supplies for local children returning to school during the pandemic – whether online or in the classroom
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Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 10:12 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2020 at 10:14 AM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (The Salvation Army) - Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event on Friday August 7 - Sunday, August 9 at the following locations: 2204 S 5TH St., 925 Keyser Ave, 3636 Monroe Hwy, 2750 Hwy 28 EAST, 891 E Lasalle St., 2050 N Mall Dr., 812 Belleau Wood, and 6225 Coliseum Blvd.

For kids preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve. This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Alexandria is one of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. When shoppers visit Walmart August 7-9, they can purchase and drop off requested items at Salvation Army collection bins at the front of each store.

”There are some children in our community whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or insurance. We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to the novel coronavirus,” stated Major Tim Williford, The Salvation Army Alexandria Corps Officer.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people, in addition to the financial assistance, hygiene kits, and youth programs the organization provides in almost every zip code in America.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services that help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to local children in need.

To continue supporting The Salvation Army during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit SalvationArmyALM.org/give. To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, contact Major Tim Williford at 318-442-0445.

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