Walmart and The Salvation Army are joining forces to provide new school supplies to 800 local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at Fergus Falls on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

As part of a nationwide effort, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Fergus Falls is one of nearly 3,000 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. In-store shoppers on August 3 will receive lists of supplies needed, and all they have to do to participate is purchase and drop off the requested items at The Salvation Army collection bins located at the front of each store.

“There are approximately 8,300 kids heading back to school this year, and 10% of them will need assistance to start the school year off right,” said Lt. Anthony Nordan from The Salvation Army. “By donating school supplies for a child in need, you’re easing the burden parents experience at the start of the school year, and helping set the right tone for these kids as they head back to school. It’s the boost of confidence they need to have a successful year.”

Local families, like the Johnson family in Fergus Falls will be able to confidently send their children off to their first day of school knowing they are equipped with the tools to have a positive school year.

For those unable to make it to the store that day, there is a searchable online registry with all the items needed; each item requires just one click to purchase.

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, helping them overcome poverty and economic hardships.

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