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'Fill The Bus' campaign collects supplies for Richmond students

The Federal Reserve is taking donations through Aug. 26 (Source: NBC12) The Federal Reserve is taking donations through Aug. 26 (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

In a few weeks Richmond Public School buses will be full of students as school starts the day after Labor Day. Starting Monday, one RPS bus began getting stuffed with school supplies. 

It’s a part of the Federal Reserve of Richmond’s annual "Fill The Bus" campaign that collects school supplies and book bags for RPS elementary and middle school students.

More than 1,500 employees at the Federal Reserve are notified and they can donate items for the next three weeks, until around Aug. 26 when the campaign ends.

Kelley Mccall,the civic engagement manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said they have been doing this campaign for over a decade to help future leaders.

"Not every student has the resources that they need to be successful in the classroom," Mccall said. "We've collected a lot of supplies in the past so we're hopeful we'll fill the whole bus this year."

The supplies will go to students at Bellevue Elementary and Boushall Middle School, many of whom are living in poverty.

According to the "Voices for Virginia's Children," a child policy and advocacy organization, in 2013 a whopping 38 percent of children were living in poverty in the city of Richmond, one of highest rates across the region and state.

That is why the Federal Reserve has continued this campaign for over a decade.

"This is our community, this is our neighborhood," said Angie Collier, an outreach specialist for the economic education department. "This is where we live and work, so being involved in our community and engaged with the students who are here that’s really important to us because these students are the future."

If you want to donate, stop by the Federal Reserve on Bragg and Seventh streets during normal business hours through Aug. 26 to drop off supplies.

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