Fill the Bus School Supplies Event

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The Minot community came together for the annual Fill the Bus project that raises school supplies for children in need. 

It’s that time of year when kids and parents fill their carts with school supplies, but not every family can afford everything that’s needed.

 “We just kind of found the need in the community for first of all the kids going to school and not having a backpack and supplies they needed to get through and wanting them to have a fresh start,” said (Kelsey Opdahl, Fill the Bus coordinator. 

Project fill the bus is put together by the Sunrise Rotary club which partners with the salvation army and personalizes a backpack full of supplies for a child in need.

“We collect all supplies for salvation army first, we try to meet every single backpack need, it’s all personalized for their grade, their school whatever they need,” said Kelsey Opdah, Fill the Bus Coordinator.

Collection boxes are placed in various businesses around Minot a month before and on the final day, a big Yellow school bus parks outside of Town and Country Credit union and collects it all.

 “It’s a really good feeling to know that you can really help somebody out even if they don’t know who you are and you don’t know who they are,” said Kathy Jenson who stopped by to donate. 

Kathy and her team from the Trinity Business Office were able to donate 9 boxes full of supplies.

“Well we had a little competition between the supervisors and all their employees and it was more of just bragging rights of who can get the most supplies and we ended up with 904 items not counting the crayons and markers individually,”Jenson said. 

Items like crayons, markers, notebooks, erasers and binders were brought in.

“It’s been nice each year to see the kids faces smiling when they pick up their stuff and also meet the needs of the teachers too cause we fill the teachers classrooms to after were done filling the kids backpacks its amazing seeing that too,” said Kelsey Opdah, Fill the Bus Coordinator.

For the past 19 years the event continues to hold strong filling the backs packs of little ones in need. 

On Friday, the Salvation Army will be distributing all of the supplies, and the KX team will be there talking to some of the children.

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