Amphi Foundation 'Stuffs the Bus' in memory of Christina-Taylor Green

Photo by Paige Hansen
Photo by Paige Hansen

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Amphitheater School District says need for clothing in the district has never been greater. Today, the Amphi Foundation Clothing Bank partnered with the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation for the first "stuff the Bus" event.

Susan Canty, the director of the clothing bank says three buses were filled with donations by the end of the day. Good news, she says, since the need is constant.

"We never have enough children's clothing," Canty said. "Shoes, for especially boys, we never have enough."

Christina-Taylor's mom, Roxanna Green stopped by to sign copies of her book, "As Good as She Imagined" and said this is exactly the sort of thing her daughter would be involved in if she were here today.

"Her name, CTG, stands for 'Caring Through Giving,' Christina-Taylor Green, and that's what our foundation is all about," Green said. "We know she's going to be really proud of us."

Also proud, two fourth grade Girl Scouts from Troop 466 who brought a van full of donations today.

"Every time we had a meeting we all brought some clothes and it just built up," Brooklyn Bugbee and Krissy Schiffmacher said. "It makes me feel proud and good."

At the clothing bank down the street, signs of both giving and need. The bank looks full now, but Canty says need has never been greater. She says they have helped more than one hundred families so far this school year.

"We're getting families from all over the district now. At one time it was pretty much just families in this neighborhood. Now we have families coming from Copper Creek and Ironwood Ridge on the North end of the district."

Today, each donation was met with great thanks. The Amphi Foundation Clothing Bank is unique because clothes aren't just offered free to students, but for entire families.

Families can clothe their entire family," Green said. "There are a lot of people out of work and now they will have the opportunity to have something nice to go to an interview or go to church."

If you couldn't make it out today, the Amphi Foundation Clothing Bank accepts donations at its main location:

3335 North Stone Avenue

Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to noon

Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm

Call: 690-0075 for more information

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