UPDATE 8/15/2014 5:15 PM
Thanks for helping stuff the bus this summer.
Friday it wrapped up its final day by distributing the school supplies.
Stuff the Bus collected supplies for students of Wood County and Belpre City Schools.
This year had the biggest turnout - about $25,000 worth of supplies collected.
Crayons were the top item this year and teachers can now have supplies on standby when needed.
"We've had so many teachers say to us, this makes all the difference in the world when we can hand a child a brand new pack of something and make them feel good," says Lisa Collins, PR Coordinator with West Virginia Central Credit Union. "We've just had great support from the community and it shows us that we have a lot of people who really care that kids be successful."
Stuff the Bus will continue again next year for back to school season.
UPDATE 7/29/2014 3:15 PM
Queens On A Mission, making it their mission to Stuff the Bus.
The pageant queens helped out with the campaign Tuesday at Office Depot.
One local couple dropped off $3,000 worth of donations and the girls teamed up loading it onto the bus.
You have until August 15th to donate.
Just take new school supplies to the West Virginia Central Credit Union Offices on Murdoch Avenue, Grand Central Avenue or Division Street.
"We're here to help support the community and we really appreciate the support we've received from the community," says Cindy Turner, Senior Vice-President of West Virginia Central Credit Union.
"And originally we said we would donate a couple of thousand dollars. It turned into be $3,000, but it's for a good cause and people definitely need help," says David Sims, who donated to the campaign Tuesday.
The supplies will be distributed to Wood County and Belpre City Schools.
UPDATE 7/28/2014 4:25 PM
Hard to believe but in just a few weeks, it'll be time to head back to school.
And the big yellow buses you may have seen around town are filling up with supplies donated by you.
The third annual Stuff The Bus project is coming to a close.
Over the past month school buses have been parked outside West Virginia Central Credit Union branches throughout Parkersburg, waiting to be filled with supplies for the upcoming school year.
Monday sponsors of the campaign dropped off the supplies they've collected.
New to the area, David and Tammy Sims will be donating $2,000 in supplies.
"We just moved here and we've been involved in other communities where we've lived and decided we should help out," says David Sims.
The Red Wings from Parkersburg High stopped by to drop off their donations too.
All donations will be sorted and given to Wood County and Belpre schools.
If you still want to help out, the bus will be out at Office Depot Tuesday from 11 to 1.
UPDATE 7/23/2014 5:00 PM
Have you seen school buses around town?
Well, they aren't stuffing kids in there.
Instead, school supplies.
Throughout the whole month of July West Virginia Central Credit Union along with many other sponsors are trying to stuff the bus full of school supplies for students throughout the year.
Wednesday the bus was in front of Fruth Pharmacy in Belpre.
This year being the first year the fundraiser is in Washington County as well.
"Kids can't be successful if they don't have the right tools and sometimes it singles them out if they don't have what the other kids have and we want to avoid that and we want to make sure they have everything they need to do well in school," says Lisa Collins, PR Coordinator for West Virginia Central Credit Union.
Collins says donations have been steady but right now they don't know whether they are close to their goal.
Fruth employees also held a bake sale Wednesday inside with all the proceeds going to Stuff the Bus.
This year's "Stuff the Bus" campaign is in the home stretch.
And organizers still need lots of donations to get local kids ready for school next month.
For the first time, this year's campaign extended across the Ohio River into Belpre.
Wednesday, a donation drive will be held at the Fruth Pharmacy on Washington Boulevard.
Last year's drive netted $20,000 in school supply donations.
"We have more sponsors this year, meaning there are more groups out in the community collecting. We have churches, we have groups, different organizations collecting for us. And we have more sponsors, so that's a good sign," says Lisa Collins, "Stuff the Bus" spokeswoman.
Donations will be accepted every day through July 30 at the West Virginia Central Credit Union Offices on Murdoch Avenue and Division Streets, and in Vienna.
WTAP is one of the proud sponsors of the "Stuff the Bus" campaign.