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The San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego County Credit Union extends its Stuff the Bus school supplies drive through the end of the month to help students experiencing homelessness.

The eighth annual drive is an effort to collect online donations to purchase school supplies for children, and it extends through Aug. 31 with the goal of reaching $100,000. So far, the effort has raised more than $38,000. 

“We can’t thank the community enough for its support and generosity through the first month of this campaign,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “We recognize that times are tough right now for many people, and we are grateful to those that are able to donate to help this vulnerable population.”

San Diego County has identified more than 18,000 school-aged children experiencing homelessness during the last school year. Program organizers aim to purchase much-needed school supplies, like pencils. Pens, binders, crayons, and backpacks for these children with the funds raised during the Stuff the Bus Campaign. 

A portion of the donations will be allocated to assisting San Diego Youth Services in providing meals for homeless youth through its various food programs. According to the San Diego County Office of Education, the Stuff the Bus campaign raised more than $100,000 in monetary donations last year to help purchase more than 7,900 backpacks filled with supplies. 

Monetary donations at any amount can be made online or at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store in the county. Organizers said that $20 will cover the cost of a backpack filled with supplies for an elementary-age student, while $25 will cover the cost of a backpack and supplies for a secondary-age student.

More information is available at www.sdcoe.net/stuffthebus

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