Returning to School in Style Made Possible for Thousands of Kids Across Western PA at The Salvation Army

Summer is almost over and kids are preparing to get back to school. But for many families, this can be a stressful time in terms of shopping for clothing and school supplies for their children.

To reduce some of the burden on parents, The Salvation Army is assisting those in need with clothes, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and much more to make sure they return to the classroom ready to learn.

Over 5,000 kids were served last year through The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania’s Back to School efforts.

There are 44 Salvation Army locations across Western Pennsylvania who participate in Back to School efforts.

Most locations host Back to School events in early August, bringing together a variety of community partners who provide additional items outside of backpacks and school supplies, including clothing, haircuts, shoe vouchers, dental exams and vision checks.

Some locations have entertainment, music and food for a fun day with the family. Distributions are not open to the public, families must contact their local Salvation Army facility for additional information on how to register and for event dates and locations.

The Salvation Army joined forces this year with Wal-Mart and will provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at 28 locations across Western PA on Saturday, Aug. 3.

As part of a nationwide effort, the “Stuff the Bus” events in Western PA are among nearly 3,000 similar events taking place at Wal-Mart stores across the country.

In-store shoppers on Aug. 3 will receive lists of supplies to purchase and drop off the requested items at The Salvation Army collection bins located at the front of each store.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the local community and will help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to local children in need.

“Many kids heading back to school will need assistance to start the school year off right,” said Major Raphael Jackson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

“By donating school supplies for a child in need, you’re easing the burden parents experience at the start of the school year, helping set the right tone for these kids as they head back to school. It’s the boost of confidence they need to have a successful year.”

If you are interested in donating school supplies or learning about how to register your child to receive back to school items, please visit

About The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services.

By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operations around the country.

The Western Pennsylvania division covers 28 counties and serves every zip code in the region. The Salvation Army is ranked as the country’s largest privately-funded, direct-service nonprofit by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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