(This story is courtesy of Brenda Underwood at Bloomington Transit. For more information visit BloomingtonTransit.com)

Bton StuffATruck 2012During the holiday season, Bloomington Transit will partner with WCLS 97.7 Classic Hits and The Salvation Army to help make the holidays a little merrier for children and families in need. The goal is to literally “STUFF” a decorated BT bus completely full of donated unwrapped new toys, new children’s coats, hats and mittens. To mark the 13th year anniversary of the Stuff A Bus, Bloomington Transit will unveil the festively decorated bus at the Canopy of Lights on November 29 in downtown Bloomington. The 2013 Stuff A Bus design will feature a colorful holiday motif that will be prominently displayed on the bus exterior. In addition to the Canopy of Lights, the Stuff A Bus will visit a number of shopping centers and retail locations, listed below, throughout Bloomington from December 5 through December 15.

Stuff-A-Bus is made possible, in part, by volunteers who staff the bus and accept donations. Without this assistance, Stuff-A-Bus would not be possible. We are in need of persons interested in staffing the bus in two-hour increments for the dates and times listed below. If anyone is interested in volunteering to staff the bus and accept donations, please call Brenda Underwood at 812-961-0523.

Last year with the help of area stores and a generous community we were able to collect over 2,900 new toys, stuffed animals, new coats, hats and mittens for needy children and families in our community. “Last year’s Stuff-A-Bus was incredible. We’re looking forward to a bigger and better year and encourage the community to continue their generous support,” according to Lew May, Bloomington Transit General Manager. The donated items will be distributed to families in the Monroe County area by The Salvation Army.

If your business would like to volunteer to be a drop off location to accept donations, please contact Brenda Underwood at 812-961-0523.

Persons wishing to make a donation to Stuff-A-Bus can drop off their items at the bus during the days and locations listed below. If persons can’t make it to the Stuff-A-Bus, they can drop off their donations at Bloomington Transit’s main office at 130 West Grimes Lane or WCLS 97.7 Classic Hits at 5858 West State Road 46.

The Stuff A Bus will be at the following locations:

Friday November 29 Canopy of Lights                  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday December 5 CVS East (by O’Malia’s) 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday December 6  Wonderlab                                 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday December 7  Sam’s Club                          10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday December 8  K-Mart East                           10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday December 12  K-Mart West                   10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday December 13  TJ MAXX                               10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 14  Sam’s Club                       10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday December 15  K-Mart East                        10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday December 16 Deliver to The Salvation Army

To donate items or volunteer to staff the bus contact Brenda Underwood at 812-961-0523.