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Centro, The Salvation Army of Syracuse, and the Syracuse Mets Team Up to Stuff-A-Bus with School Supplies and Clothing for Area Children in Need

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On Sunday, July 31st Centro, The Salvation Army of Syracuse, and the Syracuse Mets are teaming up to “Stuff-A-Bus” with Back-to-School supplies and clothing items as part of the Christmas in July event at NBT Bank Stadium.

“If you’re heading to NBT Stadium on July 31st, we’re asking you to consider bringing a donation to help local community members in need,” said Jason Smorol, General Manager of the Syracuse Mets. “We want to stuff an entire Centro bus with new school supplies and clothing items. Specifically, we’re looking to collect backpacks, lunch boxes, school supplies, T-shirts (sizes 2T and up), underwear and socks. If you’re able to donate any of these items, you can drop them off with representatives from The Salvation Army of Syracuse and Centro, who will be stationed in front of the stadium by the Centro bus before heading into the stadium to enjoy the game,” added Smorol.

“Not every child can afford new school supplies or clothing,” said Centro’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Lynette Paduano. “Centro is committed to ensuring that local students are given equal opportunities and resources to succeed academically. Getting children the supplies they need is important if we want them to succeed. Every little bit counts. But we can’t do it alone so we’re asking for the community’s help to collect these critical-need items,” Paduano added.

Centro is also looking to fill several positions in its Syracuse, Utica, Auburn, and Oswego locations. They will have recruiters on site for anyone interested in learning more about a career with Centro.

“The Salvation Army of Syracuse welcomes you to join us for our 2022 Christmas in July Stuff-A-Bus campaign as we work together to create a positive, permanent impact on education in our community,” said Deanna Delmonico, PR/Donor Relations Manager for The Salvation Army of Syracuse. “Our Stuff-A-Bus campaign provides local children in need with brand new school supplies and essential clothing items, so they are better prepared to kick off the school year in September. Additionally, we will have volunteers at the entrance to NBT Stadium ringing bells at our Red Kettles. Contributions to the Red Kettles will go directly to the 40 services we provide across Onondaga County (including our Food Pantry, Day Care and Early Education Center, Senior Center, and Family/Emergency Shelters),” added Delmonico.

And don’t forget, there’s never been a better time to be a kid than on Sundays at NBT Bank Stadium. Kids 12 and under receive a voucher good for a bag of chips, a 12oz Coca-Cola beverage, a kids Hofmann hot dog, and a Perry’s ice cream! It’s the most affordable family, friendly, fun in town! Scooch will be there dressed as Santa, and after the game, kids can run the bases just like their favorite players!

Don’t miss out on all the fun while stepping up to the plate to do some good for our local community members. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark on Sunday, July 31st. First pitch is at 1:05pm.

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