Greenwood’s The Salvation Army is teaming with Walmart to provide new school supplies to local children in need during its “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

The event will begin Friday and continue through Sunday. At the Walmart in Greenwood, 2202 U.S. 82 West, and in Grenada, 1655 Sunset Drive, shoppers are asked to purchase and drop off requested items at The Salvation Army’s collection bins located in front of each store.

“There are some children in our community whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or insurance,” said Capt. Jason Mc-Mullin. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to the novel coronavirus.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people, in addition to the financial assistance, hygiene kits, and youth programs the organization provides in almost every zip code in America, according to a statement it released Wednesday afternoon.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support for children.

To continue supporting The Salvation Army during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit SalvationArmyALM.org/give. To learn more and find out how to get more involved with The Salvation Army, contact McMullin at 455-9679.

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