The 2020 Stuff the Bus school supplies drive is in full swing as the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) are working together for the sixth straight year to help the region’s 22,000+ students who are experiencing homelessness. More than $30,000 has been raised so far in the campaign with a goal of raising $125,000.
SDCOE and SDCCU – along with iHeartMedia – have been working to collect thousands of dollars in online donations to purchase much-needed pencils, pens, binders, crayons, backpacks, and more. This year, San Diego-based Clinical Supplies, has donated 28,000 disposable face masks to include along with school supplies in the backpacks.
“We wanted to send a message to all the kids and to everyone in San Diego that we care,” said Isaiah Grenet with Clinical Supplies.
This year’s Stuff the Bus campaign is being conducted completely online with no on-site collection of supplies as was done in the past. Donations are welcome in any amount; for example, $25 will cover the cost of a backpack and supplies for a secondary-age student.
“One of the biggest challenges for a child experiencing homelessness is staying in school. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of a physical school environment has made engagement even more challenging,” said Susie Terry, coordinator for SDCOE’s Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services. “The Stuff the Bus campaign helps provide assistance to our families so they have one less thing to worry about as the new school year approaches. We are grateful to SDCCU for their continued partnership in this effort.”
The SDCCU Stuff the Bus campaign, which has been extended through the end of August, is once again partnering with local iHeartMedia radio stations Star 94.1, JAM’N 95.7, and Channel 93.3 for special appearances and live interviews.