United Way, Citizens Bank Continue to ‘Stuff the Bus,’ Put ‘Best Foot Forward’

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BATESVILLE – August 4, 2014 – United Way of Independence County on Wednesday will conclude its “Stuff the Bus” and “Best Foot Forward” collection of school supplies and new athletic shoes for needy children in Independence County and Cave City.

School buses accepting donations were located on Saturday at the Walmart in Batesville, the Stanley Wood Dealership in Southside and the Walmart in Ash Flat.  The items will be sorted later this week before they are delivered to the school districts which will distribute them to area families and children. 

Deanna Green, Executive Director of the United Way of Independence County, thanked everyone who donated to Saturday’s campaign and all the volunteers who helped collect the donations, including the school districts that provided buses.  

United Way and Citizens Bank last year launched “Stuff the Bus” to collect school supplies.  This year, the Wood Family of Dealerships joined the campaign with “Best Foot Forward” to collect new athletic shoes for children who need them.

School supplies and athletic shoes will continue to be collected through Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Citizens Bank locations in Batesville, Cave City and Pleasant Plains; at both Wood dealerships; and at Anytime Fitness and Maurice's in Batesville.  Cash donations also will be accepted at all collection points.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.

Stuff The Bus 2014 - Photo 1

Dylan Herekamp (left) and Morgan Lessley of the Southside High School Student Council, solicit donations for the Independence County United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” and “Best Foot Forward” drive on Saturday at the Walmart in Batesville.


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Eboni Walker (from left) of the Batesville 4-H, Cliff Brown of Citizens Bank, and Delenn Kesselring and Sodonnia Wolfrom of the Independence County 4-H hold signs outside the Walmart in Batesville seeking contributions of school supplies and new athletic shoes for the “Stuff the Bus” and “Best Foot Forward” drives.

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