Thousands of children in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia begin school each year without even the most basic classroom necessities. To be ready to learn, they need the proper supplies!
First Coast News WTLV/WJXX, Publix Super Markets, The Salvation Army and United Way of Northeast Florida have joined together to give needy children a "smart start" to the upcoming school year through Stuff the Bus - our annual school supply drive for kids in need.
Special "Stuff the Bus" barrels are already in place at area Publix stores ready and waiting for your donations--and will be available until Saturday, August 3rd.
Come out and see us Saturday, August 3rd, when First Coast News will be live from the Publix Super Market on Roosevelt Boulevard (4495 Roosevelt Blvd.) during our Good Morning Jacksonville Saturday broadcast, from 8:00-10:00 AM. Drop off your donations then, and you may be on TV! Meet our Stuff the Bus team!
Stuff the Bus also helps teachers! Supplies collected during Stuff the Bus will also benefit teachers through the Full Service Schools initiative. The Full Service Schools Resource Center supports 80 schools in Duval County. Teachers have access to these much needed supplies for their students. The neighborhoods served are Arlington, Westside, Northside, Springfield, Sandalwood, Paxon, Englewood and the Beaches area.
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Must specify "Stuff the Bus" in Specific Use box
Here is a list of items that are always needed. In fact, if you are out shopping for your own kids, just pick up a few more of whatever you're getting for them--every little bit helps!
- Pencils, Pens, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Erasers
- Loose-leaf Paper, Spiral Notebooks, Composition Books
- Folders, 3-Ring Binders
- Calculators, Rulers, Compasses
- Backpacks, Lunch Boxes
- Dividers, Pencil Boxes, Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Plastic Zip-Bags
- Glue Sticks or Bottles
- 3x5 Index Cards, Graph Paper
If You Want to Donate Some Supplies, drop it off at any Publix Super Market or The Salvation Army.
Company and Corporate Volunteers
If You Are a Company or Corporation That Wants to Have a Drive to Collect Supplies, call Jill Black at the Salvation Army: (904) 301-4845
If You or Your Organization Want to Help Sort Supplies For Donation, call Clanky Hires at the Salvation Army: (904) 301-4846.
If You Are In Need of Supplies
The Salvation Army's school supply drive is offered as a service to low-income families. We want to help you send your child back to school with the supplies he or she needs to enter their new grade level. To be eligible you must meet income requirements* and be caring for children who are school-age. There is an intake process to determine eligibility to receive this service.
2013 Application Dates:
July 1st through 26th
Monday - Friday
9:00 – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
900 W. Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Please bring the following documentation at the time of application:
- Picture I.D. for adult applying
- Birth certificates for all children, and/or proof of custody
- Verification of ALL household income, which could include:
- Wages (last 3 Check Stubs)
- Unemployment Check Stubs
- Social Security, SSI or SSDI Benefit Statement
- Food Stamps Benefit Statement
- If you have no income and someone else supports you, you must bring a letter from them stating that they do so and the amount they give