With all the violence going on in the world today, it's refreshing when you hear of someone doing a random act of kindness and it's even more special when it happens right in our own backyard. A few days ago United Way of Greater Texarkana learned about a family who was having a birthday party for their two daughters, Aubrey and Lily Kate. What makes this birthday party so special compared to all the others held throughout the year? The answer is simple. These parents wanted to give back. Instead of having  guests bring presents for their girls, whom they felt had already been very blessed, they asked guest to give school supplies for the United Way "Stuff The Bus" campaign that runs August 1 - August 8.

This act of kindness benefits local children in need, and gives them a fair and exciting start to the school year. School supplies are critical for a child's development, both academically and socially. Making a difference in the community, increasing the overall awareness of the need while keeping it fun!

What if more families held similar parties that addressed local areas of need?  Kudos to the Chris & Lacey McCulloch's, touching the lives of others needing a hand up. The United Way of Greater Texarkana applauds you and Kicker 102.5 says "Thank You."

Over the next few weeks there will be many opportunities for individuals to be a part of the "Stuff The Bus" campaign between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating Sonic locations and local Walmart Supercenters.

There are special school supply drop boxes located throughout our region. Here are a few of those locations:

• Christus St. Michael (Multiple Boxes)

• Hopkins Ice House

• Fat Jacks

• Cooper Tire

• Collom & Carney Cowhorn Creek

• Texarkana Super Wal-mart

• Albertson, Richmond Road

• Regions, Richmond Road & Summerhill Road Branch, Texarkana, Texas

• Regions, Ashdown, AR Branch

• Regions, N. State Line, Texarkana, Ark.

• Regions, Downtown

• TEXAR, Richmond Road, TXK, Texas

• TEXAR, Jefferson Ave., TXK, Ark.

• TEXAR, Hooks,Texas

• Harte Hanks, Robison Rd, TXK, Texas

• Texas A&M-TXK, Texas

• Lifenet, St. Michaels Dr, TXK, Texas