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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services.

Walmart and The Salvation Army are joining forces to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event Aug. 3 at all Cherokee County Walmart locations.

As part of a nationwide effort, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Cherokee County is one of nearly 3,000 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. In-store shoppers on August 3 will receive lists of supplies needed, and all they have to do to participate is purchase and drop off the requested items at The Salvation Army collection bins located at the front of each store.

“We have kids in need of school supplies throughout the school year. This school supply drive will provide kids with the required supplies for a solid start to their school year as well as donating directly to those schools most in need in Cherokee County throughout the school year, ” said Shannon Coats from The Salvation Army in Canton. “By donating school supplies for a child in need, you’re easing the burden parents experience at the start of the school year, and helping set the right tone for these kids as they head back to school. It’s the boost of confidence they need to have a successful year.”

For those unable to make it to the store that day, there is a searchable online registry with all the items needed; each item requires just one click to purchase.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services, helping them overcome poverty and economic hardships. All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the local community and will help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to Cherokee County children in need.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/walmart-stuff-the-bus.

The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. The Salvation Army operates at 7,600 centers of operations around the country. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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