Genesis “Pack the Bus’’ Drive Will Benefit Area Families
It’s time to shop for school supplies to support a great cause benefiting area students and their families.
Genesis Health System debuted “Pack the Bus’’ last year as part of the Genesis celebration of 150 years of health services, but beyond the anniversary year, the need still exists and is greater than before for some families.
Pack the Bus 2019
“This has been a disruptive year in our families with loss of jobs and income, furloughs, anxiety about what may come and changes in school routines. We are hopeful that the Genesis ‘Pack the Bus’ campaign can assist families and the schools again this year,” said Shirley Gusta, director of the Genesis Business Intelligence Center, who is coordinating the Genesis volunteer effort. “There is never enough funding for schools to provide everything students need.
“We hope our own Genesis employees and the general public can help fill some of the gaps in supplies. This effort could mean a lot to families that may be struggling more this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Last year, the “Pack the Bus” team collected items and assembled thousands of school supplies into 136 boxes and delivered them to 10 school districts. The effort was so successful and well received by the school districts the decision was made to “Pack the Bus” again.
“None of us could have imagined the tremendous response we received from our Genesis employees and community,” said Gusta. “This year, we anticipate the needs of families and school districts will be even greater because of the many challenges brought by COVID-19.”
School Bus Collections
Donations will be collected at school buses parked at these locations beginning Aug. 3:
- GMC-East Campus, Monday, August 3, at the parking lot close to Rusholme Street, between the Heart Institute and Edgerton building.
- GMC-West Campus, Tuesday, August 4, at the north side/Central Park Avenue parking lot, near the atrium.
- GMC-Silvis Campus, Wednesday, August 5, in the corner of the main parking lot
- North Scott Foods, Eldridge, Thursday, August 6
Supplies will be collected each day between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the public will be encouraged to give at these locations. Social distancing and infection prevention will be practiced at each collection site.
Here are suggested items being requested by the schools:
Dry Erase Markers
#2 Pencils & Pencil Boxes
Spiral Notebooks – Wide Lined
Liquid Glue (Elmer’s)
2-Pocket Folders (Plastic or Paper)
Table Top Easels
Individual Pencil Sharpeners
Red Ink Pens
Tabbed Dividers for 3 Ring Binders
Zip Lock Bags
Loose-Leaf Notebook Paper
Headphones (not earbuds).