NORMAN — CART (Cleveland Area Rapid Transit) will host its second annual Stuff the Bus event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to benefit Operation Homefront Oklahoma.
Trolleys will be staged at both Norman Walmart locations to accept donations for military families from all branches of the service.
Operation Homefront Oklahoma, based in Lawton, is a nonprofit group providing emergency financial and other assistance to Oklahoma military families across the state.
“Operation Homefront also mobilizes to assist wounded warriors upon their return home,” said Doug Myers, director of the University of Oklahoma Parking and Transportation Services, which operates CART. “Many military veterans utilize the CART service, and we felt joining this statewide effort was a way we could say thank you for your service, and for using public transit.”
Stuff the Bus is a joint initiative of Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Operation Homefront Oklahoma and CART. OTA’s membership is made up of public and tribal transit systems, many of which will host their own Stuff the Bus events.
The following items will be collected on Friday at both Norman Walmart locations, 601 12th Ave. NE and at 333 N. Interstate Drive: Gift cards for gas or groceries, sporting supplies like bats, gloves, footballs, soccer balls, ect., new toy cars, bears or dolls, winter hats, coats, mittens or scarves, diapers, coloring or art supplies and books for all ages.
“Last year raised about $700, mostly in gift cards, winter items and toys,” said Vicky Holland, marketing specialist of the University of Oklahoma Parking and Transportation Services. “We were happy with last year’s event but are trying new things to get the word out about this event, including flyers and information on the buses.”