(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) – Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event taking place Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th at the following Walmart locations:

Walmart Supercenter # 544, 5401 Tinker Diagonal Street, Del City

Walmart Supercenter # 2803, 2200 W Danforth Road, Edmond

Walmart Supercenter # 277, 501 SW 19th Street, Moore

Walmart Supercenter # 212, 333 N Interstate Drive, Norman

Walmart Supercenter # 2734, 601 12th Avenue NE, Norman

Walmart Supercenter # 221, 1200 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon

For kids preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve. This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Central Oklahoma is one of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. When shoppers visit Walmart this weekend, they can purchase and drop off items at collection bins located in the customer service area.

“There are many children in our communities whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or insurance,” said Major Susan Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to the novel coronavirus.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people, in addition to the financial assistance, hygiene kits, and youth programs the organization provides in almost every ZIP code in America.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services that help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to local children in need.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit salvationarmyOKCAC.org.

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