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Victor School District's Annual Stuff The Bus Event

The holidays are a time when many lend a hand to those in need. Students in the Victor School District are doing just that.
The holidays are a time when many lend a hand to those in need, and students in the Victor Central School District are doing just that.

Three years ago, staff members in the Victor School District volunteered at the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard's Thanksgiving drive. To their surprise, they found the cupboard had enough food but not enough paper goods like toilet paper or paper towels. They wanted to help in a different way.

"It's super gratifying; so excited to see us pull in the first year. We filled a huge barn full last year. We rented a storage facility and they're so excited to get it," Kelly Tornstrom said.

So district officials began asking the community to help them fill yellow school buses with toiletries and paper products. In the first year alone, students in the Victor School District have collected and donated more than 2,800 pounds of paper items. It has even become a friendly competition. 

"Each bus has its own number that they collect. Whoever collects the most wins a pizza party after the event is over with," Darren Everhart said.

You can donate ahead of time at the district's bus garage in Victor, or you can fill the bus with your donations the day of the big event- December 7th. The goal is to make this event bigger and better every year. This year, Everhart hopes to fill three buses. 

"Last year we filled two buses; we were compacting it down to one. Now our goal is three this year," he said.

Everhart says they have had an overwhelming response from the kids, proof that at a young age they have compassion for people less fortunate than them. 
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