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Oswego City Firefighters help United Way Stuff-A-Bus

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen joins members of the Oswego Firefighters' Association in presenting a donation of school supplies to the United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The department is currently accepting school supplies at its headquarters at 35 E. Cayuga St. From left are: Stuff-A-Bus chairperson Jo Ann Conzone; Jennifer Losurdo; Allison McGrath; Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way; John Geraci, president, Local 126 Oswego Firefighters' Association; Miller McMillan; Giuliana McMillan; Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie; and Mayor Gillen.

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen joins members of the Oswego Firefighters' Association in presenting a donation of school supplies to the United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The department is currently accepting school supplies at its headquarters at 35 E. Cayuga St. From left are: Stuff-A-Bus chairperson Jo Ann Conzone; Jennifer Losurdo; Allison McGrath; Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way; John Geraci, president, Local 126 Oswego Firefighters' Association; Miller McMillan; Giuliana McMillan; Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie; and Mayor Gillen.

OSWEGO, NY – Allison McGrath, committee member for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign has announced that the Oswego Fire Fighters Association Local 126 is now collecting school supplies in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign at its main headquarters, 35 E. Cayuga St.

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Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen joins members of the Oswego Firefighters’ Association in presenting a donation of school supplies to the United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The department is currently accepting school supplies at its headquarters at 35 E. Cayuga St. From left are: Stuff-A-Bus chairperson Jo Ann Conzone; Jennifer Losurdo; Allison McGrath; Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way; John Geraci, president, Local 126 Oswego Firefighters’ Association; Miller McMillan; Giuliana McMillan; Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie; and Mayor Gillen.

Made possible through a collaboration between the United Way and Oswego County school districts, the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County.

“We are very appreciative of the support we are receiving from the Oswego Firefighters Association,” said McGrath. “Committee member Jennifer Losurdo did a great job in bringing the fire department on board. Thanks in part to Jennifer’s efforts the involvement of the Oswego Fire Department will help to make our Stuff-A-Bus campaign more successful and allow us to provide as many children as possible with the school supplies they need to start the school year.”

Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way is looking to stuff eight school buses with school supplies so that children in need in Oswego County have the supplies they need to begin the school year.

The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be a special collection day on August 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School buses will be at the following sites to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.

– Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square

– Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego

– Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby

– Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main St. in Mexico

– Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski

– Kinney Drugs at 17 S. First St. in Fulton

– The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal

– Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix

McGrath said that in addition to the collection of school supplies the committee is also holding a drawing for a cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage.

The bicycle will be awarded during a drawing to be held during the Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast on Saturday from 8 – 11:30 a.m., at The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 W. Second St. in Oswego.

Tickets for the drawing are available at the United Way office, 1 S. First St., Fulton, and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, call 315-593-1900.