CRESTVIEW — This month, Hub City Ford staffers hope to store as many school supplies as they can in a van. The items would benefit Calvary United Church’s effort for needy children.


CRESTVIEW — This month, Hub City Ford staffers hope to store as many school supplies as they can in a van. The items would benefit Calvary United Church’s effort for needy children.



"Stuff the Van" is a first for the church, which in prior years purchased school items with business donations, the Rev. Charles Braneff said.



Collections will be distributed, as amount allows, to the first 200 attendees at the 8th Annual "Back 2 School Bash,” scheduled for 6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Old Spanish Trail Park on Stillwell Boulevard. The event will feature games, prizes and refreshments.



Donors can visit the South Ferdon Boulevard auto dealer to contribute. Additionally, the van will appear Aug. 9 at the Crestview Wal-Mart, allowing customers to purchase school supplies inside the store and donate them on their way out, Braneff said.



Chris Daggs, the dealer’s general manager, said the event likely will benefit several Hub City students.



"Crestview is a big growing community, and we have a lot of kids here; everybody could use a little help," he said. "We will sell vehicles and work on vehicles for people, but we also want to help out and give back."



Want to help?



Visit Hub City Ford on South Ferdon Boulevard through July 31 to “stuff the van” for needy children.Available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.