The November 15 event can fill buses with enough donations to last a year
This week, members of the public can help a child in need by stuffing a bus with donations.
The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) and Operation SafeHouse are teaming up once again for the annual “Stuff the Bus” event this Thursday, which aims to pack two 40-foot buses with donated food, linens, toiletries and other items for area youth in crisis.
Now in its 11th year, the event will take place at several locations across the region from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted aboard RTA buses at the County Administration Center, 4080 Lemon St. (1 p.m.), Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St. (2 p.m.), Riverside Metro Auto Group, 8330 Indiana Avenue (3 p.m.), and Riverside Target, 3520 Tyler St. (3:30 - 7 p.m.).
The donated items are distributed to SafeHouse’s emergency shelters and transitional living programs in Riverside and Thousand Palms. Last year’s event produced more than 10,000 donated items, ranging from brooms and brushes to dish soap and shaving cream.
“We are so proud to be part of an effort that gives children the tools they need to improve and enrich their lives,” said RTA Chairman Art Welch. “Everyone is invited to make a contribution, no matter how small, to this very worthy cause.”
SafeHouse Director Fonda McGensy said the donations typically keep inventory shelves stocked for an entire year, benefitting dozens of children. Plus, McGensy added, the bus is a convenient drop-off point. People don’t need to carry donations into a building; they simply drive by and drop off the donations at the bus.
“It’s such a simple way to make a big difference in a child’s life,” McGensy said. “It’s always great to see the community pull together to help area youth. We expect a big turnout this year.”
For information about SafeHouse and Stuff the Bus, please contact Fonda McGensy at (951) 858-3701.
RIVERSIDE, CA — November 12, 2018