LARGO – This year’s Stuff the Bus campaign, designed to collect back-to-school supplies for children in need, will be held Aug. 2, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Largo Mall, at 10500 Ulmerton Road.
A Pinellas County school bus will be stationed in the parking lot to collect the donations. The event is part of the second annual Back to School Supply Drive, a partnership of the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Council of PTAs and Franklin Templeton Investments.
Needed supplies include: gender-neutral backpacks, pens and pencils, spiral-bound notebooks and composition books, loose-leaf notebook paper, one-inch binders, crayons and colored pencils, pocket folders, rulers and erasers.
In Pinellas County, more than 2,000 children live in foster care, one in five children live in poverty, and more than 3,000 children are homeless. In addition, 52 percent of all students in Pinellas qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Along with Franklin Templeton, companies who will be donating items or providing other assistance include Med Express, BIC Advertising & Promotional Products and ClearChannel Outdoor.