Rain doesn’t discourage volunteers at Fill the Bus

Local children climb on the bus to deliver their supplies for the Fill the Bus event. Staff photo.

DURANT – It was a rainy Saturday morning in Durant, but volunteers still came out to encourage people to stop by to help Fill the Bus with school supplies.

The morning event was held at the Big Five Community Services parking lot and also served as the first event of the 2017 Back 2 School Bash for Bryan County.

Emily Brittingham was one of those who stood in the rain, but the wet weather didn’t seem to dampen her spirits.

“It was raining out, but we definitely had a lot of fun,” Brittingham said. “Several citizens came out and donated toward the Back 2 School Bash.”

She was one of 10 volunteers to serve on Saturday morning. But for those who didn’t get out in the weather, there are still opportunities to give with multiple locations around the community with drop-off boxes for supplies.

Brittingham said there is also room for more help as the Back 2 School Bash gets closer.

“If anyone has an interest in volunteering at the Back 2 School Bash, they can reach out to me or April Lehrling or message us at the Facebook page. We are welcoming anybody that wants to volunteer.

“We’re doing booths for kids and trying to make it an all-day event.”

The Back 2 School Bash, set for Aug. 5, will be the day in which the backpacks for of school supplies will be dispensed. And they will be for any student in need of supplies. Or more.

“They do not have to fill out an application, they can show up on the day of the event,” Brittingham said. “And if they have any kind of immunizations that need to be updated, we’ll be checking them there as well and they can get immunizations on site.

“We will also have clothing vouchers, so if someone is in need of school clothes, we’ll be set up for that. And we’re currently working with some hair stylists in town for vouchers, so they can go get their hair cut, too.”

Brittingham said she is very excited about the event and encouraged get there quickly that morning.

“The earlier someone comes the better, because when we run out, we’ll have to shut down.”

The Back 2 School Bash is being hosted by the Bryan County Turning Point Coalition and more information can be found on the Facebook page HERE.

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