For two days, a Neosho business participated in the Stuff the Bus campaign, which will benefit students in the Neosho R-5 School District.
“We started Friday and did it Saturday as well,” said Kevin Foote, manager of Neosho’s Walgreens. “We have had a great outpouring of the community. We have had a lot of positive responses from the people who have been coming in. We are definitely filling up the bus – one item at a time – but it is getting there.”
The business was encouraging their customers to either bring in various school supplies or purchase school supplies.
“We have moved all of the best and useable items that Bright Futures is looking for up to the front,” he said. “The majority of them were on an ad, other items we marked down for this event, just to make it a little bit more affordable to help them out.
“We have just been continuing our relationship with Bright Futures. Barb Lake, [coordinator with Neosho’s Bright Futures program] and I thought this would be the next move,” he said as to why the company opted to help with this project.
Foote said he was pleased with the Stuff the Bus idea.
“I think that it is an amazing thing, any time that I can see the community come together like this, look out for each other, I think that it is amazing,” he said. “I come from a city where it is a lot larger in size and it is a lot harder to see the results from doing things like this. And here, you are able to see the direct results from it. I think that is amazing.”
Foote said his goal was to have between $2,000 and $3,000 in merchandise on the bus for the Bright Futures program.
Also on Saturday, children had the opportunity to get their pictures taken with McGruff the Crime Dog. Parents could also have their child’s fingerprints taken for an ID kits.
“They have name, date of birth, sex, blood type, eye color, any pertinent information,” said Stephanie Denbeck, an employee with the store. “We do one picture with McGruff and then one picture close up to put on (the form). That is if in the event if they go missing or something happens then we can use it for an Amber Alert.”
She is hoping that once the kits are done that parents will, “hopefully, they will store it in a safe place.”