March 2, 2021

‘Stuff the Bus’ gathers thousands for Cayman Islands’ students

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As another school year starts in Cayman, with the support of Hurley’s Media and Cost U Less, are proud to announce that the 2017 Stuff the Bus Drive was hugely successful. This year’s donations will equip hundreds of students with the tools needed to succeed in the classroom.
The three week long “Stuff the Bus” initiative secured a whopping 14,490 school supply items which have been presented to The Department of Children and Families, The Needs Assessment Unit,  The Crisis Centre, The Family Resource Centre and The Special Needs Foundation for distribution to families with children needing assistance.
“Some families find it difficult to provide their children with essential school supplies at the start of the school year.  And we are so grateful for The Stuff the Bus initiative as it will greatly help DCFS to assist our clients,” commented Leanora Wynter-Young, Social Work Manager at the Department of Children and Family Services.
Saturday August 19th marked the close of the three week long donation drive that is spearheaded by Caribbean Alliance Insurance.  Between July 31st and August 19th the community was encouraged to donate various school supplies to help children in need heading back to classes.
This was the third year that the annual donation drive was hosted by the insurance provider and with the help of key partners Hurley’s Media, Whittaker’s Transportation and Cost U Less, the campaign was able to secure five times more donations this year.
During the three week period persons were encouraged to drop off donations at either Cost U Less, Hurley’s Media or directly to the Caribbean Alliance Insurance office.
Donation drive events also took place on Saturday, August 5th, 12th and 19th where residents had the opportunity to literally purchase items at Cost U Less and then stuff a big yellow school bus with their donations such as backpacks, notebooks, crayons, pens and pencils.
“It is important to ensure students return to classes prepared. School supplies can often be less of a priority for families that are struggling to make ends meet and we are happy to provide support where we can. This year’s campaign was a huge success and we look forward to building upon it in the years to follow,” expressed Aleisha Lalor, Branch Manager for Caribbean Alliance Insurance.
Any group, business or organisation is welcome to join in on next year’s event. If interested please call Caribbean Alliance Insurance at 949-9744 with questions or to indicate interest.
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