READING, PA—To ensure the children of our community are prepared to return to school in a few short weeks, Olivet Boys & Girls Club is teaming up with several locations to “Stuff the Bus.” Stuff the Bus is a community-wide effort to collect supplies needed for underprivileged kids to succeed in school.
Donations of school supplies will be accepted on August 18th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chick-Fil-A in the Exeter Commons (4675 Perkiomen Ave. Reading, PA). Conveniently, Five Below, Staples, and Target are in the same shopping center. Individuals who donate new school supplies will receive a voucher for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich or Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit.
Donations will also be accepted on August 25th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen City Family Restaurant (100 Lancaster Ave. Reading, PA). Family Dollar is right across the street.
An Olivet Boys & Girls Club bus will be on site at both locations for community members to drop-off items. Olivet representatives will be on location with membership applications and further information about the organization.
Additionally, Freedom Toyota (41 Industrial Dr. Hamburg, PA), Lowe’s (4535 Perkiomen Ave. Exeter, PA), Salon Twenty-Two and Spa (2135 E. High St. Pottstown, PA), and Stone’s Hearing Aid Services (51 E. High St. Pottstown, PA) will serve as drop-off spots for the entire month of August. Community members are encouraged to stop by to drop-off school supplies. Any and all donations are appreciated. Stone’s will be offering a free hearing evaluation (upon request) for anyone donating.
Olivet Boys & Girls Club currently operates eight clubhouses and six 21st Century sites in Reading and Pottstown serving over 3,000 children a year. The majority (84%) of the youth that Olivet serves live at or below the national poverty level. Purchasing supplies at the beginning of the school year is an additional financial burden for many families.
This year, elementary school parents/guardians can expect to spend $662 per child, a 1 percent increase from 2016. Parents/guardians of middle schoolers can expect to shell out $1,001 per child, up 4.6 percent from last year (Huntington Bank Backpack Index).
Olivet aims to help eliminate the financial problem many families face at the beginning of the school year by uniting with the community to gather enough supplies for all children to go back to school fully equipped and ready to achieve academic success.
School Supply Wish List:
– Pencils, Pens, Markers, Crayons
– Notebook Paper and Notebooks
– Folders, Binders
– Book Sox
– Hand Sanitizer, Tissues
– School Uniforms (polos, khakis)
Additionally, Olivet Boys & Girls Club will be at Boscov’s North (Fairgrounds Square Mall) on Saturday, August 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their Back to School Event. Families can enjoy Make and Take Craft Activities, Games, Snacks, Face Painting, Balloon Sculptures, Prizes, and more.