WICHITA FALLS, TX - Thousands of Texoma children will be getting some extra help for the upcoming school year. North Texas Area United Way has partnered with Walmart on Lawrence Road in Wichita Falls for their Fill the Bus campaign. It's an annual fundraising event that's held every year by both North Texas Area United Way and Walmart, and every year, locals to come out and make a financial or physical donation towards school supplies for kids in the Wichita Falls Independent School District.
"We partner with Project Back to School who delivers school supplies to kids from head start through the 12th grade, and they'll be doing that next Saturday on the 12th from 9-noon at the MPEC. We're going to be gathering supplies for disadvantaged at the Walmart on Lawrence road on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday," said Kathie Forehand-Chaddick, Director of Resource for North Texas Area United Way.
You can make your donations over the next three days on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Forehand-Chaddick says all donations help supply over 6,000 kids annually each school year.
"We do know that there are about 9,500 disadvantaged kids in Wichita Falls. About 6,000 of those are provided school supplies each year through the project so about 3 of every 5 school children in our district are considered disadvantaged," said Forehand-Chaddick.
By 12 noon on Friday North Texas Area United Way and Walmart Lawrence Road has already seen plenty of people either purchase supplies or either make a financial donation towards the purchase of education materials.
"We've already had some come by we have about 5 or 6 people that have done some monetary donations so we're on our way to filling this bus. But we're going to need some community support. If we can help upwards of six to eight thousand the more the better," said Matt Yell of North Texas Area United Way.
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