Fill the bus for the unfortunate amongst us

 Goods to be donated to local communities in need


Gabriel Robles
Features Editor

The Sun Line’s 6th Annual ‘Fill the Bus’ Holiday Food Drive, hosted by the Sun Line Transit Agency is set to take place on November 15. The goods donated in this event are distributed to local communities in need, and Sun Line encourages residents of participating communities to come out and contribute in any way possible.

Last year the 5th annual ‘Fill the Bus’ drive had an amazing response from community members willing to help those less fortunate and those without homes. With help from Stater Brothers and Ralphs grocery stores, Sun Line was able to collect and deliver over 10.5 tons of non parishable food and toiletry products last year. Sun line stepped up their program from previous years by adding an extra state of the art low emission bus to make a total three busses to fill, as well as extra donation bins which are scattered across the Coachella Valley.

On November 15th, Fish Food Bank, located on the grounds of Our Lady of Soledad Catholic Church in Coachella and Well in the Desert, located in Palm Springs will be the beneficiaries of the program. These programs help distribute food, essential toiletry products, and baby products to those in need this holiday season.

These 40 foot busses can hold almost any product large or small and the goal is to, as the name of the event says, ‘Fill the Bus’. Together with local communities, the Sun Line Agency has helped deliver over 24 tons of donated goods to families and organizations in need over the past five years. This year busses will be parked at:

Ralphs – Smoke Tree Village Shopping Center; 1733 East Palm Canyon Drive 
Palm Springs (Hwy 111 & Sunrise Way)

Ralphs 42150 Washington Street, Bermuda Dunes (Washington & 42nd Street)

Stater Bros 78630 Highway 111 # A, La Quinta (Hwy 111 & Washington).

Last year communitty members set a record of 10.5 tons in donations and this year organizers are hopeful to set another. With three buses, donation bins at Winco Foods in Indio, and Albertsons in Bermuda Dunes and Palm Desert, that goal should be easily reached.

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