Williams Field H.S. students 'stuffed the bus' to help Ariz. families in need

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- With the holiday season here, many envision families sitting around the dinner table getting ready to dig into a great meal. Unfortunately, coming out of the recession, not everyone can enjoy that extra. According to the census more than 1.4 million Arizonans are living in poverty. That being said, the need has increased at the food banks across the state.

Students at Williams Fields High School are doing their part to help.

For the past month, students have been bringing in non-perishable food items by the "bus load," literally. It's called Stuff the Bus and every morning a school bus has pulled up to the front of the high school to collect the donation.

The students got to see the fruits of their labor Friday morning when the entire bus was packed. In all, the kids donated an incredible 9,140 pounds.

"My heart if full," said Mary Buscema, who started the Stuff the Bus program.

According to some students, the effort started out very slowly with many thinking they wouldn't be able to collect much. Buscema, however, got creative by promoting "every man, every can day" and "peanut butter Friday." That, along with the excitement of pitting classes against each other to see who could gather the most donations, led to more and more kids working harder to achieve an amazing goal.

All the food was sent to the United Food Bank for the holiday season, and it couldn't have come at a better time.  According to United Food Bank officials, they have seen a surge in request for assistance this holiday season.