Nonperishable food items, paper goods and personal hygiene items, such as the types shown here, are being collected for a Stuff the Bus event for a local food pantry. Items can be donated until Thursday morning; the bus will be loaded starting at 8:15 a.m.
Nonperishable food items, paper goods and personal hygiene items, such as the types shown here, are being collected for a Stuff the Bus event for a local food pantry. Items can be donated until Thursday morning; the bus will be loaded starting at 8:15 a.m.
By JUDY WELLS

Feature Writer


PAULDING – The Caring and Sharing Food Pantry in Paulding will be the recipient of a food drive known as Stuff the Bus. On Thursday, Dec. 21 from 8:15-9:30 a.m., members of the staff at The Gardens of Paulding will be loading their transport bus with donated items from the community, and driving them to the food pantry.

Vicki English, activity director at The Gardens, said organizers hope to fill the bus this year.

“Last year was our first year for Stuff the Bus,” she said. “We didn’t quite get it full then, but we came pretty close. Maybe this year we’ll get more donations and be able to fill it completely.”

The Stuff the Bus drive is sponsored by the members of the Paulding Entrepreneur Network, or PEN. In addition to The Gardens, members of PEN include First Federal Bank; Diehl Cleaning Solutions LLC; Cook, Burkard and Gorrell; Bashore, Reineck, Stoller & Waterman Inc., certified public accountants; A&M; FSC Securities Corp; NE1 Lawn Care LLC; Office Partners; Fun Factory; Paulding Chamber of Commerce; INSBIT; RayleCom; Matson Family Chiropractic; Schlatter’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Natural Design & Graphics, and Stahl, Stoller & Meyer Insurance Center.

“Most of the members are local small business owners,” English said. “They’ve held their meetings here for the past three or four years. They all thought this would be a great way to help the local food pantry.”

English said all non-perishable food items and paper goods are welcome, but the real need is for diapers of all sizes, wipes and other baby items.

“Last year we got lots of toilet paper and paper towels,” she said. “Personal hygiene items are definitely needed, such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Some people just can’t afford those things, so they really appreciate being able to get them at the food pantry.”

If you would like to donate, bring your items to The Gardens Wednesday, Dec. 20 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or Thursday morning until 9:30 a.m.