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Give a can, help youth get off the bus

This Sunday, youth at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Spotsylvania will hold their third annual “Get Off the Bus” effort.

Members of the church youth group will get on a bus in the church’s parking lot. Each youth will have to donate a case of canned goods to get on the bus. It will take seven cases to get off the bus.

Youth will be stuck in the vehicle on the parking lot of Old Plank Road until donors come with seven cases of vegetables for each person on the bus.

Those vegetables will be donated to Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association, a food pantry and financial assistance agency.

To help, bring canned vegetables to the church parking lot Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. (or whenever the teens get enough cans).

If you can’t make it to the church on Sunday, you can still help SECA:

Stop by the agency behind the Marshall Building at Spotsylvania Courthouse. The group takes used clothes and household items for its thrift store, which funds its aid programs. Volunteers also accept food and money. Donations may be dropped off weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.