Help stuff a ‘trolley’ for needy families

Published 10:29 pm Thursday, December 9, 2010

Niles Dial-A-Ride, along with WSMK 99.1 and the Salvation Army, has announced the first Holiday Stuff-A-Bus to benefit Niles area families.

“This is inaugural Stuff-A-Bus,” said John Pleveich, general manager of NIles Dial-A-Ride.

Dial-A-Ride’s old-fashioned style trolley will be parked outside Rural King on South 11th Street today; at Walmart Saturday; at the Plaza at Second and Main streets in downtown Niles Dec. 17; and at Walmart again Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be decorated for the holidays and awaiting donations.

Each organization is asking those willing to give to bring new, unwrapped items to one of the locations. Items accepted include toys and clothes for children as well as baby items such as diapers, bottles and formula. Donations will be sorted by the Salvation Army and distributed to Niles area families who need them.

“I just think the city of Niles and Dial-A-Ride, we wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Pleveich said. “We partnered with the Salvation Army and WSMK 99.9. We’re all in this together.”

Volunteers will man the trolley to greet the public and accept donations.

The trolley, reminiscent of the old San Francisco-style cable cars, has been decorated for the holidays.

“When it’s lit up it looks so beautiful,” Pleveich said.

“WSMK will be doing live broadcasts from the bus while it’s out there,” he added.

Volunteers will just keep filling the trolley until the final location, date and time of pick up.

Donations will also be accepted at the Dial-A-Ride office on Second Street in Niles Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.

“Whatever we get on there we’re just going to keep packing it in there and hopefully at the end, the bus will be pretty full,” Pleveich said. “This is going to be an annual event; next year’s will be bigger and better.”