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Friday is deadline to register for Stuff-A-Bus assistance

If you need help with Christmas this year, now is the time to register for Stuff-A-Bus assistance.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Stuff-a-Bus is back in the South Carolina Midlands! With Christmas coming up, News19 will be working with the Salvation Army once again to provide for families who might not otherwise have gifts under the tree.

The event will be drive-thru due to COVID-19 and signups will either be by appointment or online. Registration has ended in Lexington, Sumter and Orangeburg and ends this week in Columbia.

The key registration dates with the Salvation Army are:


Documents and info required

  • Picture ID for the head of household.
  • Identification cards for everyone residing in the household.  The following IDs can be used: US driver’s license, Social Security card, state-issued non-driver ID card, US passport, employee ID card, school ID card, health insurance card, Medicare, matricula consular ID card, U.S. military ID card, birth certificate.
  • Proof of age for every child 12 years old or under. Only children 12 years and younger can receive Christmas gifts. Birth certificates or other official documents may be used for proof of age.
  • If your household currently qualifies for food stamps (SNAP), bring your EBT card and a recent food purchase receipt using your card. With proof of food stamps (SNAP) benefits the information below is not necessary.
  • Proof of all income in the home for the past 30 days Examples include pay stubs, unemployment statement, SSI disability, Social Security statement, VA, or other pensions.
  • Anyone 18 years or older and receiving no income must show proof of zero wage. (A zero wage statement from the unemployment office).
  • Proof of all household expenses paid in the past 30 days (not bills that you owe, but bills that were paid).


The public will get a chance to donate at Walmarts around the Midlands on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. The tentative schedule is as follows:

December 3

  • Forest Drive – 5420 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206 
  • Orangeburg – 2795 North Rd., Orangeburg, SC 29118 
  • Lexington – 5556 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC 29072
  • Manning – 2010 Paxville Hwy., Manning, SC 29102 
  • Dutch Fork – 1180 Dutch Fork Rd., Irmo, SC 29063

December 10

  • Two Notch – 10060 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC 29223 
  • Harbison – 360 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, SC 29212 
  • Sumter – 1283 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150 
  • Columbia – 7520 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia, SC 29209

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