By Chris Conroy
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager
Do you realize many Heartland families spend more on back to school supplies than they do on Christmas gifts? Raising three kids I can tell you first hand that back to school time scared me financially. According to the 2018 back to school survey by Deloitte, the average family spends $510 on back to school related expenses. That's a lot of money for any family budget. Think about how overwhelming it can be for large families and students in need.
Too often, children show up for the first day of school with nothing and teachers are left to fill in those gaps. Stuff The Bus helps fill those needs in more than 30 Heartland school districts. Walmart, Wither's Broadcasting, the United Way, and the Women's Center in Southern Illinois are teaming with KFVS12 this year.
The way it works is simple. Walmart shoppers are asked to pick up a few extra items to donate to the kids. Teachers, counselors, and supporting agencies are then able to hand out supplies to the most vulnerable in our communities. They know which children need assistance, and they are able to discreetly help those that do. So if you see a yellow school bus or volunteers taking school supply donations at your local Walmart this Friday and Saturday, please help! Monetary donations are also gladly accepted and will be used to purchase more school supplies at each location.
Our children are our future and they are what makes this A Better Heartland.