Minot families collect 'Fill the Bus' school supplies for the year

MINOT, N.D. – Hundreds of Minot youngsters will head to school this year with all the supplies they need, thanks to the generosity of the community.

Earlier this week, residents donated thousands of school supplies for families and teachers in our community as part of Minot’s annual ‘Fill the Bus.’

Parents and their kids collected their school supplies for the year Friday at the Minot Auditorium.

Each child got to pick out a backpack, and then fill their new book bag with the supplies they need on their list from their teacher.

Minot's Rotary Club worked with Town and Country Credit Union and several other Minot groups to collect the donations.

Friday, the Salvation Army gave them out.

“The kids need something to go back to school with. Kids need new book bags, new pencils and pens, and notebooks, and there's a need for that. And we need to fill that,” said Capt. Randy Stahl, with the Salvation Army.

“The people in this community, they have heart for their community. They love their community. They love the people in it. And they do what they can to love each other,” said Rebecca Seekings, a Minot parent of four.

Stahl said that 91 families and 218 kids benefited from today's school supply distribution.