‘Stuff the Bus’ school drive begins next week

From left, Aleisha Lalor, Latoya Webb and Sabrina Dennis-Elgueta of Caribbean Alliance help out with last year's Stuff the Bus drive efforts.

The fifth annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive, which collects school supplies, begins next week.

Caribbean Alliance Insurance, alongside media partner Hurley’s Media and transportation partner Whittaker’s Transportation, is hosting the drive, which begins Friday and continues until 17 Aug.

Every year, the campaign attempts to fill a yellow school bus with various school supply donations to support school-aged children between the ages of 6 and 16.

Since it began in 2015, the initiative has collected more than 27,000 school supply items. Organisers hope that the total number will increase to 45,000 after this year’s event.

Recipients of supplies in the past have included the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, the Special Needs Foundation, the Needs Assessment Unit, and several other charities.

This year, donations will go to the Department of Education, the Department of Children and Families, the Family Resource Centre, the Crisis Centre, and the Boys and Girls Homes.

For the first time, a portion of the collected items will be transported to charities in Cayman Brac. Also this year, Stuff the Bus will be providing some support to the Education Department for help with the roll-out of new interactive classrooms in primary schools across the islands, organisers said.

“Stuff the Bus is a great way for the community and businesses to get involved and to do some good and make an impact,” said Aleisha Lalor, Cayman Islands branch manager of Caribbean Alliance Insurance.

“We started this event five years ago to help support underprivileged families with basic school supplies, but each year we learn more about the changing needs of students, so we try to add new components to enhance the campaign and meet those identified needs. We also get other businesses and individuals involved, so that together we can truly support kids in need in ways that are going to make an impact for them.”

During the three week campaign, anyone who wishes to buy and donate school supplies can do so by purchasing items and dropping them off at Caribbean Alliance Office at 203 Alissta Towers, Hurley’s Media in Camana Bay, or directly in the Stuff the Bus donation collection boxes located at Buy Smart, Foster’s at Countryside and Cost-U-Less.

For more information, or to organise a collection drive to support the event, visit Stuff the Bus on Facebook or Instagram @StuffTheBusCayman, or contact Aleisha Lalor at [email protected] or 949‑9744.

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