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‘Stuff the Bus’ to assist Weirton Christian Center

EVENT SET— Going over some of the plans for Saturday’s annual Stuff the Bus event at Holiday Lanes in Weirton are, from left, Kim Weaver, executive director of the Weirton Christian Center, Charlie Whiteman, owner of Holiday Lanes, Bob Babinchak, youth league director, and Julie Perito, event chair. The third-annual event will benefit the Weirton Christian Center. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — For the third consecutive year, Holiday Lanes and its youth bowlers will be lending a hand to the Weirton Christian Center.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the annual Stuff the Bus collection will be held in the parking lot of the bowling alley, located at 3745 Main St., Weirton. The event is organized each year by Holiday Lanes United States Bowling Congress Youth League.

“We’ll have a bus here from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” event Chair Julie Perito explained.

In addition to the Stuff the Bus, a Chinese auction will be held from noon to 2 p.m. inside the bowling alley, along with a bowl-a-thon.

The bowl-a-thon is $15 per bowler to participate, with the entry fee waived for those collecting at least $50 in sponsorships.

Bob Babinchak, youth league director, said the event is not restricted only to those involved the bowling leagues or Christian Center.

“This is open to the public,” Babinchak said. “Anyone can come down.”

Babinchak said over the first two years, the event has raised more than $21,000 in monetary donations and supplies.

Christian Center Executive Director Kim Weaver explained the Stuff the Bus collection has been a great support in recent years, adding the center operates entirely on donations.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Weaver said. “The stuff they get, it gets us almost through the year.”

There is an average of 70 area youth served each day through the free programs offered by the Weirton Christian Center, Weaver noted.

Among the items being accepted for the stuff-the-bus are cleaning supplies, including wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, liquid dish soap, liquid hand soap, disinfectant spray, trash bags, light bulbs, cleaning rags, bleach, scrubbing pads, window cleaner, buckets, brooms, dust pans and hand sanitizer.

Paper products include three-section foam plates, paper/foam plates and bowls, spoons, forks, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, aluminum baking trays, foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, foam or paper cups, tissues, dish cloths, towels and pot holders and food gloves.

Items for the preschool include pre-k books, beginners Bibles, Bible-themed coloring books, thick crayons and pencils.

Afterschool items are individual bags of chips, applesauce/fruit/Jello cups, individual wrapped cookies or crackers, bottled water, fruit snacks, juice boxes, pudding cups, cereal bars, graham crackers, jelly, peanut butter and tortilla chips/salsa.

Office items include Scotch tape rolls, duct tape, packaging tape, staplers and staples, postage stamps, paper/binder clips, envelopes, color printer ink, black printer ink, Post-it notes, three-tab file folders and correction tape.

Camp items accepted include deoderant, bar soap and body wash, shampoo, wash cloths, bath towels, beach towels, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlights/batteries, flip flops, sleeping bags, twin sheet sets and Bibles.

Holiday Lanes owner Charlie Whiteman said the bowling alley will have a collection box for those unable to attend but still interested in donating.

“If you can’t make the event Saturday, drop your items off,” he said.

Babinchak also offered thanks to Brooke County Schools for the use of a school bus, and members of the Brooke High soccer teams, who will be among those volunteering with the collection.

More information on the event, along with sponsorship forms for the bowl-a-thon, can be found online at www.holidaylanesweirton.com.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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