Pauls Valley Democrat
Whether it’s a warm coat or a little extra food a Pauls Valley area transit service has again turned to the public to help those in need during this holiday season.
With donations going on for the past handful of weeks, it’s the annual Winter Warmth - Stuff the Bus campaign sponsored Delta Public Transit.
Delta official Susan Coldwater says the idea is simple — collect as many donations as possible and then get them to the people who need them the most.
“We started this three years ago after we had people calling in looking for coats,” Coldwater said.
“We thought with the Stuff the Bus campaign we could ask for food items and coats and scarves,” she said. “We just want to help the food bank out and those needing a warm coat.
“By collecting food items we’re trying to help keep the food pantry restocked. By collecting coats we’ll hopefully have them when someone comes to us looking for help.”
Once this year’s campaign got underway help came right way, along with a few requests from people in need of new or used coats that’s still in good condition.
“When we started people started coming out to help,” Coldwater said.
“We’ve also had several people ask about coats.”
The way it works is donations of non-perishable food items and new or “gently” used coats and scarves can be dropped off at the Delta Public Transit dispatch office located at 215 West Paul in downtown Pauls Valley.
Those donations are then stored on a transit bus. From there the food items will go to Delta Community Action’s food pantry, which helps residents throughout all of Garvin County.
The donated coats and scarves will go to a Pauls Valley thrift store, where vouchers are used to get the items from the Delta drive.
The generosity of local and area residents were seen with last year’s Stuff the Bus holiday drive as more than 150 pounds of food were donated, along with several coats and scarves.
Time is running short as items will be collected at the local bus station through Friday, Dec. 21.
One thing to remember is all that’s donated to the drive stays in Garvin County.
A recent example shows just how important the donations can be to those in need.
According to Coldwater, a single mother of five children contacted the Delta office looking for help to get coats for her kids.
Because of the drive the woman got the help she needed as coats were found for all the children.