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Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive Has Successful Weekend of Donations
The 29th Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive had a successful weekend that saw the 1975 classic CityLink bus start to fill up with donations. Not only were people generously donating at the Kroger store locations as they began shopping for their Thanksgiving feasts, there were also two events held to benefit the food drive.
On Friday, November 18, the 3rd Annual "Day of Stuffing" was held at the Kroger located on Lake Avenue in Peoria. This was an all-day event that began at 6:00 a.m. and concluded at 6:00 p.m. Representatives from CityLink, the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service, and the Amalgamated Transit Union #416 were on hand to encourage shoppers to donate the Stuff-A-Bus. Businesses, organizations, and churches that held food drives were also invited to drop off donations. Media partners WMBD/WYZZ TV and Cumulus Radio stations were at the Day of Stuffing throughout the day to provide live updates.
The bus was not even quite 1/4 full when the Day of Stuffing began at 6:00 a.m.
A crew from WMBD was at the Day of Stuffing bright and early before 6:00 a.m. (L-R: Alyssa Paldo from WMBD, Corey Sebens from ATU #416, Emily Watson from CityLink, and Melanie McNiff from Peoria Friendship House)
97.3 NASH FM was the first Cumulus Radio station to come out for the Day of Stuffing. As you can see, it was a little windy that day, but the temperatures were decent, so there were no complaints! (L-R: Shelly Knight from NASH FM, Sharon McBride from the GPMTD Board of Trustees, Melanie McNiff from Peoria Friendship House, and Corey Sebens from ATU #416)
Matt Bahan from 195.7 the X Rocks was at the Day of Stuffing for 2 hours and he gave away tickets for the Five Finger Death Punch/Shinedown concert to a Kroger customer who donated to Stuff-A-Bus. (L-R: Emily Watson from CityLink, Matt Bahan from 105.7 the X Rocks, and Melanie McNiff from Peoria Friendship House)
Homer from the Peoria Chiefs stopped by during the Day of Stuffing to hand out donation shopping lists and put donations on the bus. (L-R: Matt Harris from Peoria's 92.3, Emily Watson from CityLink, Homer, Dennis Kaufman from CityLink, Corey Sebens from ATU #416, Andy Dwyer from CityLink, Jason Mott from the Peoria Chiefs/Peoria Friendship House Board, and Sandy Arreguin from Peoria Friendship House)
Overall, it was a great day and it was fun to watch the bus fill up with donations. You can view more photos from the Day of Stuffing on the Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page.
Members of the Peoria Police Department's Explorers Program held an event for Stuff-A-Bus on November 19 at the Kroger stores located on Lake Avenue and Lindbergh Drive. The Explorers helped put together donation bags and encouraged customers to donate to Stuff-A-Bus. They also loaded donations onto the bus. We want to give a shout out to bus operator Carol Jordan for driving the bus that day! (Photo courtesy of the Peoria Police Department Facebook page)
The bus was over halfway full after both events from over the weekend. It was encouraging to see members of the community come together for Stuff-A-Bus.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Stuff-A-Bus these past few weeks. We have one more week left of the food drive, and you can continue to donate at all Kroger locations in Peoria and East Peoria until November 28. The other drop off locations available in the Peoria area can be viewed here: www.ridecitylink.org/stuffabus.
We still have time to OVERSTUFF the bus with 13 tons of food!