The Stuff the Bus program was initiated in 2014 to provide grade appropriate school supplies to the elementary school aged children from the families in the community we serve.
Due to COVID, our Stuff the Bus event has changed. MESA-OUTREACH, INC. now distributes directly to the schools. This is an annual event where packs with school supplies are provided to area elementary, middle, and high school kids. The Stuff the Bus events in 2019 & prior distributed backpacks, school supplies, shoes, socks, etc. to elementary, middle, and high school children. Only elementary school age children are currently receiving school supply packets from MESA in 2020 & 2021, since we were unable to hold an in-person event and went directly to the schools instead. Prior to COVID our partners were donating school supplies and money to aid this endeavor.
All backpacks and supplies are donated to MESA-OUTREACH, INC. by our partner churches, organizations, and individuals. If you would like to become a part of this effort, please see our donation page, or send a check to MESA-OUTREACH, INC., P.O. Box 841075, Houston, TX 77284-1075.
Bear Creek, Horne, Lieder, and Mayde Creek Elementary Schools received 200 packs each for their neediest PreK-5th graders.
Bear Creek and Horne Elementary participated, and 419 school supply packets were provided to students in need.
MESA-OUTREACH, INC. held its annual “Stuff the Bus” event on Tuesday, August 7th where packs with school supplies were provided to area elementary school kids and school supply packs were provided to middle and high school kids. In addition, MESA distributed 335 pairs of new shoes, 655 pairs of new socks and 722 children’s books at this year’s event.
A special thank you to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women who provided the funding for the shoes that were distributed, putting a smile on many faces.
Janet Newsom, MESA’s Food Pantry Coordinator said “this was our 5th annual and best attended Back to School distribution event. This year 447 students received school supplies – each student will be well supplied to start the school year.” She also stated her “appreciation to Texas Children’s Health Plan for providing the clear backpacks filled with supplies again this year and to Bear Creek United Methodist Church for providing its gymnasium to conduct the event in air conditioned comfort.”
Jeff Klorer, MESA’s Vice President of Programs added his “appreciation to all of MESA’s supporters and it’s over 700 volunteers, without which, MESA would not be able to provide this much needed assistance to the area.”