By Josh Lucero
United Way of Eastern New Mexico is gearing up for it’s annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign and needs volunteers in Clovis and Portales.
Patricia Bazar, 2-1-1 coordinator for United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the campaign only has six volunteers signed up, with three in Portales and three in Clovis.
Bazar said 17 more volunteers are needed for Clovis and five more are needed for Portales.
Volunteers will be taking donations as well as sorting through school supplies during the five-hour event.
Bazar said the campaign is in its fourth year and hopes to exceed the 7,297 items donated during last year’s event.
The one day event, held in front of the entrances at Walmarts in Clovis and Portales, aims to collect school supplies to be distributed to schools throughout the Clovis and Portales school districts.
Bazar said in addition to the one day collection, 20 businesses in Clovis and Portales have been participating in “Stuff the Bus” by setting up donation boxes in their establishments for employees to drop off school supplies.
United Way is also taking donations at their office in the Matt 25 Hope Center until Saturday, said Bazar.
Bazar said, “Not only does (Stuff the Bus) help children, it eases the burden on teachers who have to buy supplies for their classrooms.”
Walmart is partnering with United Way this year, said Bazar, and will be donating pallets of supplies to the campaign.
Everyone who donates will be able to enter the name of a child into a drawing for a chance to win a refurbished desk top computer, according to Bazar.
Bazar said the boxes of supplies will be sorted by volunteers on site before being transported to the CMS and PMS central offices.
Carrie Nigreville, Instructional Resource Center coordinator for CMS, said the supplies will be made available to every student in the school district.
“”Stuff the Bus” makes sure our students who do not have the means to get supplies don’t show up to school empty handed.” said Nigreville.