Jackson County Public Schools invites you to help “Stuff the Bus” this Friday and Saturday night during the Dillsboro Luminaire Festival. The annual event provides funding and resources to stock and maintain seven “Comfort Closets” across the school district that provide clothing, toiletries, and personal items for students who are homeless or disadvantaged.
Project coordinator Ashley Taylor said this is another example of public schools going beyond the classroom to serve the whole child.
“We have so many kids who show up to school only because it’s the only place they’re fed. We have so many kids who fall through the cracks of just having their basic needs met. If we can do something that serves them beyond the school walls is really what I feel like is the most important thing here.”
The inaugural “Stuff the Bus” event in 2018 was a huge success that resulted in the collection of more than 13,000 items and served nearly 1,400 families.
The most needed items this year are food, hygiene items, cash, and gift cards.
Taylor said meeting the funding goal is critical to sustaining the program and gift cards are the best option.
“This year our goal is to raise $10,000 total in cash and gift card support. Cash donations are very helpful. The gift cards just allow for a quicker process in getting things to these kids.”
Because of limited space, clothing is not being collected at this year’s event. If you would like to help Jackson County Public Schools “Stuff the Bus,” look for the miniature yellow school bus parked near Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church this Friday and Saturday night at the Dillsboro Luminaire Festival.