This Saturday, Macon residents will be able to donate school supplies to Macon County children during the “Fill the Bus” campaign. School buses will be parked at Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Big Lots from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“We will probably take the buses out to the locations early and get the signs up so more people will know that it's coming up on Saturday,” said Karen Norton who works for the Macon County School System and is heading up the effort.
“We accept any and all school supplies. We also accept monetary donations.”
The event coincides with North Carolina's tax-free holiday. By arranging to have it during this time period, it allows for optimal results. With this being the final tax-free holiday in N.C. for general items, Norton is unsure if the Fill the Bus campaign will occur again next year.
“We weren't even sure if we were going to be able to have it this year so I'm just not sure if we will be able to next year with all of the budget cuts, but we're really hoping to,” she said.
Additional assistance is provided by Macon County Program for Progress.
After the buses are full of donations, they are then divided among the county public school and distributed to students in need by teachers and counselors at the school. Any monetary funds that are donated go into a special account and is also used to purchase additional supplies that are needed by students.
“When it comes down to it, it's all about the kids. We're trying to help as many as we can. It's always about the children,” Norton said.