As life returns to normal for many, millions of American families and individuals continue to experience daily challenges that threaten their well-being.

The back-to-school season can place a burden on families experiencing lost wages and looming evictions, as they are forced to choose between putting food on the table or making sure their kids have the tools needed for educational success, according to a news release from The Salvation Army.

To meet the need, The Salvation Army is working with Walmart to collect school supplies for local children during the annual Stuff the Bus event from Friday to Sunday at Walmart, 2501 Walton Blvd., Warsaw.

The Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive will take places at more than 4,500 Walmart stores across the country. Shoppers can purchase and drop off items at collection bins at the front of each store or search their local Salvation Army’s online Registry for Good to donate supplies online with just a few quick clicks.

Warsaw Salvation Army Envoy Ken Locke said, “By donating school supplies for a child in need, you can empower families to start the school year well and achieve success in the future. It’s the boost of confidence they need when getting back to normal after a challenging year.”

Walmart and The Salvation Army have partnered for more than 30 years to meet community needs through a range of social services, helping individuals and families overcome poverty and economic hardships, the release states.

Since the start of the pandemic, The Salvation Army of Kosciusko County has aided 377 local families and individuals representing 1,076 people. In addition, The Salvation Army will assist 150 students in K-12 with new shoes through a grant from The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

With children returning to the classroom after the pandemic, school supplies will be critical to helping them prepare and succeed.

All supplies will be distributed in the community where they are given, to help local children enter the school ready to succeed or to address needs through the year.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with the Salvation Army, visit www.sawarsaw.org.