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Students to 'Stuff a Bus' with goods for the needy

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Students at the Bermuda Institute are planning to “stuff a bus” full of food and toys to deliver to the needy over the Christmas period.

The community “Stuff the Bus” initiative was launched by the school's Student Association with the support of the Department of Public Transportation (DPT) this morning.

The DPT has donated buses and dedicated a team of volunteer drivers to collect the donations from around the Island, which will be delivered to selected local charities.

Bermuda Institute students will be on hand at the collection points from December 6 to 9 singing carols and speaking with those who come out to donate. Transport Minister Shawn Crockwell, a former student at the Bermuda Institute, said the initiative was “an effort to make a difference to our community over this holiday season”.

He said: “This initiative is truly a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in our community to help those less fortunate during the holiday season by providing much needed non-perishable goods and toys.

“We are all keenly aware that there are many families who are experiencing difficult economic times. They are struggling and would be very appreciative of assistance in any form.

“To the PTB team, operators, students, faculty, teachers, friends who are participating in this project you are to be commended.”

Charities to benefit are The Lions Clubs of Bermuda, Teen Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda, The Coalition for the Protection of Children, The Salvation Army, The Sunshine League and The Hands of Love.

President of the Student Association, Antonio Bailey, said: “Hopefully there will be a great outcome so that we can all give back and everyone can be thankful for. We have put together charity events before but nothing on this scale.”

Collection points:

Saturday, December 6 at St George's Square, St George's from 6pm to 7pm and at Kindley Field, St George's from 7pm to 8pm.

Sunday, December 7 at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo parking lot from 6pm to 8pm.

Monday, December 8 at Lindo's in Warwick from 6pm to 8pm.

Tuesday, December 8 at the Hitching Post in Sandys from 6pm to 8pm.

The Bermuda Institute Student Association has teamed up with the Department of Transport to launch the 'Stuff the Bus' campaign, which will provide food and toys to the islands needy. Pictured front left to right Bermuda Institute Student Association members - Sheldon Caesar, Khari Place, Antonio Bailey, Angelle Byron and Kia Smith. Back left to right- Letitia Williams, Rhonda þÄì Lynn Tacklin, Mikaela Musson-Sheeheed, Azzi Mayes, Gabrielle DeShields and Aariyen Murray. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 05, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 05, 2014 at 9:21 am)

Students to 'Stuff a Bus' with goods for the needy

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