Stuff the Bus
The Department of Public Works & Transportation STS Transit plans to team up this year for the 1st annual holiday Stuff-The-Bus campaign. This is an opportunity for caring individuals, groups and businesses to help stuff a bus literally, with canned goods and non-perishable items. Any non-perishable food item is appreciated, but the following items are URGENTLY NEEDED: rice, tuna fish, cereals, canned meats, canned fruits, peanut butter, canned vegetables, baby formula, diapers, dry milk, macaroni & cheese.
The canned goods, diapers, formula, and other non-perishable goods will support the work of St. Mary’s Caring, Helping Hands, Three Oaks Homeless Shelter, Community Services, local food pantries such as St. Paul’s Methodist Church, St. Mary’s County Employees Association and help our volunteers and staff to minister to the needs of the homeless and hungry in this community.
The Stuff-The-Bus program began with a "kick-off" pilot project by the Commissioners of St. Mary's County DPW&T at the Three Notch Theater in Lexington Park between December 9-11, 2005. The success of this event led to the establishment of an annual collection program held during the months of April / May. The number of sponsors and volunteers now includes the; County Commissioners, STS Transit System, Health Department, Department of Human Services, volunteers from Patuxent River NAS, Food Lion, Giant, McKays, several other food stores, area churches, local schools and businesses . Collections of canned goods and non-perishables also takes place at designated County Governmental buildings. We Thank You For Your Generosity !
Without such generous people in our community, so many individuals and families would go without. It is estimated that every day 375,000 people, 40 percent of whom are children , go hungry. If you miss the opportunity to Stuff-The-Bus, we plane to have annual events during the Spring and Fall each year, where we might also be collecting clothing, blankets and toys.