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Region 8 mother illustrates need for Stuff the Bus school supplies

Sheri Box shares a story of gratitude for Stuff the Bus. Source: KAIT-TV Sheri Box shares a story of gratitude for Stuff the Bus. Source: KAIT-TV
Paula Brown explains how school supplies are kept at International Studies Magnet School in Jonesboro. Source: KAIT-TV Paula Brown explains how school supplies are kept at International Studies Magnet School in Jonesboro. Source: KAIT-TV
School supply closet awaiting students in need of supplies at JPS International Studies Magnet School. Source: KAIT School supply closet awaiting students in need of supplies at JPS International Studies Magnet School. Source: KAIT
Nettleton Public School students work the Stuff the Bus location at the Highland Drive Walmart. Source: KAIT-TV Nettleton Public School students work the Stuff the Bus location at the Highland Drive Walmart. Source: KAIT-TV
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Sheri Box has struggled to make ends meet ever since it was discovered she had problems with blood clots in her legs. The mother of three school-aged children has been unable to work because employers call her a “high risk.”

She has to take medication to prevent further blood clots. The medication thins her blood.

“Basically, I can’t do a lot of the things that I used to,” Sheri said.

But thanks to Stuff the Bus, Box’s elementary-aged children, Dakota and Desteny are able to get the supplies they need at their school, Jonesboro Public School’s International Studies Magnet School.

“Several years ago, before Stuff the Bus was a program, when people would call, sometimes we would have school supplies and sometimes we wouldn’t,” Paula Brown, counselor at International Studies Magnet School said. “Now that we have the Stuff the Bus program, when they call, I can say absolutely! We’ve got supplies. Come on by! I let them pick out what they want.”

Brown explained that supplies donated at Stuff the Bus each year go into a school supply closet to fill students’ needs all year long.

“It is a blessing for our school for sure,” Brown said.

Stuff the Bus coincides with Arkansas’ Tax-Free weekend. Shoppers are encouraged to drop off extra school supplies or cash donations at one of the nine Walmart locations participating in Stuff the Bus on Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stuff the Bus is a program that Sheri Box claims makes a difference for her family and many others.

“It is a blessing that we have people out there who would do this for us,” Box said.

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