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SunLine Transit Agency to Host the 7th Annual ‘Pack the Bus’ Backpack & School Supply Drive

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to Receive & Distribute Supplies

SunLine Transit Agency is hosting the 7th annual ‘Pack the Bus’ Backpack and School Supply Drive to collect much needed supplies for kids in need. Co-sponsored by Alpha Media, News Channel 3 and Walmart. The public is encouraged to get involved by donating supplies on Thursday, July 22, 2021, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Walmart – Palm Desert, located at 34-500 Monterey Avenue. Backpacks, safety scissors, #2 pencils and notebook paper are among the most needed school supplies.

“This event is a rewarding part of SunLine Transit Agency’s community engagement,” said SunLine Transit Agency’s CEO/General Manager Lauren Skiver. “We are calling on the community once again to help provide for these students. With the transition back to in-person learning after 16 months away, they need new supplies now more than ever.”

Those who donate give local students the basic tools they need to complete assignments and simply participate in school. This small gesture can make a big difference in a child’s life. In years past, the ‘Pack the Bus’ event collected over 300 backpacks and 3,000 school supplies.

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will be receiving and distributing the donations. Nearly 1/3rd of the students connected with the Mission live in poverty and need help with basic school supplies this next school year.

“Coachella Valley Rescue Mission’s reach makes it a great benefactor for this event. It’s community partnerships like this that bring about notable change and improve people’s quality of life,” said Skiver.

For more information about the ‘Pack the Bus’ event, please visit
About SunLine Transit Agency

SunLine provides public transit services in California’s Coachella Valley spanning 1,120 mile-service area and carrying approximately 4.2 million riders. It has pioneered zero-emission bus deployments, particularly for hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEB). In 1993, SunLine’s Board adopted a voluntary policy of pursuing alternative fuel solutions that provide the lowest possible emissions, which led to SunLine becoming the first transit agency in the state to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG). SunLine is committed to transitioning its entire bus fleet to zero-emission by 2035. SunLine Refueled is a multi-tiered initiative that brings exciting new transportation alternatives to the Coachella Valley. To learn more about SunLine Transit Agency’s services and policies, go to

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