Jackson County Public Schools hosted the first Stuff the Bus event in October and received an overwhelming response from the community.
The two-day event resulted in the collection of more than 13,000 hygiene and food items used to launch the district-wide Comfort Closet Project. Ongoing donations and monetary contributions made it possible to serve over 1,300 students in the second half of the 2018-19 school year.
The program provides new shoes, clothing, groceries, snack bags, hygiene products and other basic necessities to students and families who cannot otherwise afford them. The goal is to ensure students have what they need beyond the school walls.
Habitat ReStore in Sylva will host their monthly Community Front Porch event from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
During this time, JCPS representatives will be collecting monetary donations to kick off the 2019 Stuff the Bus effort. Donations in any amount will be accepted and 100 percent of the tax-deductible donation is used to support students with high needs throughout the district.
A display of paper buses signed by participants will be exhibited at the second annual Stuff the Bus event on Oct. 19 at Dillsboro’s Monteith Park.