Applications for Salvation Army ‘Stuff the Bus’ Backpack School Supplies Assistance for Porter County Students

By: Salvation Army of Porter County Last Updated: July 16, 2014

salvation-army-logoThe Salvation Army of Porter County will be helping to get school supplies to as many needy children as possible so that they will have the tools they need to learn. This is the 8th year we have set up a week to apply for the "Stuff the Bus" Backpack/School Supplies Program. The Army has assisted more than 1,000 students with standard backpacks and multiple school supply items recommended by the Porter County Area Schools in the past few years.

Stuff the Bus is a program for low income families living in Porter County whose children need school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. (Children must be age 5 by August 1, 2013 and registered to attend a school or be home schooled). This program is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade (Note: some college students have received supplies in the past when supplies has been available — if college student, ask for help after August 28th).

Applications will be taken Monday thru Friday, July 14th through 18th from 9:00-11:30am and 1:30-3:00pm. The following items are needed with the person who is applying: 1) A photo ID of adult parent or guardian living in the household. 2) A birth certificate for every child student. 3) Social Security cards for everyone living in the household. 4) Proof of being a Porter County resident (current bill with name and address) 5) Proof of Income for household. (Children must live in the home of the parent/guardian applying for assistance)

Donations may be sent to The Salvation Army "Stuff the Bus" P.O. Box 828, Portage, IN 46368 or contact us directly by bringing in items to The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 799 Capitol Rd. (on Highway 6, one block west of 149, South Haven) in Valparaiso, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Thank you for your donations and commitment to help the children in Porter County. Contact us at The Salvation Army 762-9191 and ask for Kathy.

Thank you Porter County Donors for your continuous support and volunteer spirit in serving the needs of thousands of our neighbors through the Army. The Social Programs include food pantry, utility, rent, mortgage, medicine, transportation programs, bread and fresh foods distributions, Stuff the Bus School Supplies for Students Program, Summer Camps, the Annual free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Angel Tree Toy & Clothing Program, Adopt-a-Family Program, Christmas & Easter Nursing Home/Shut-in Seniors Gift Program, Christmas Food Program and Youth & Family Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Parties, Adult Clubs and Worship Services.

(About) The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.saportercounty.orgor