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December 08, 2010 - It's time for the community fill a school bus for Lighthouse Emergency Services this weekend.

The Clarkston Community Schools bus drivers plan to be at Kroger, on Sashabaw and Maybee Road, for their seventh annual Stuff-a-Bus charity drive, this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

"This is how a lot of families are providing Christmas for their kids - through the Stuff-a-Bus program and Lighthouse program," said Tammy Layton, bus driver.

Donations needed include non-perishable food items, personal care items, gift cards, monetary donations, clothing, books, and new, unused toys.

"I know it is more difficult to buy for older children," Layton added. "If someone is interested in buying for an older child they can always purchase a gift card. Gift cards are always great for teens."

The goal is the same as every year, to completely fill the bus.

"We like the seats to be overflowing, stuff falling in the aisles as we are driving the bus to Lighthouse on Monday morning," she said. "People are so generous during the holidays. Even when the economy started turning downwards the community still manage to show up in droves."

Layton said for those unable to stop by they can either stop by Lighthouse, 6330 Sashabaw Road, drop it off at the Clarkston Community Schools bus garage, 6590 Middle Lake Road, or if they have a student in the district they can give it to their bus driver.

"Thank you to everybody that makes this happen," she added. "It's not just the bus drivers donating their time and it's not just Kroger - it's the donators that make this event such a success."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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