A Converted School Bus: Sharing Love (and Food!)

If you’ve yet to see the zany school bus, plastered with stickers of inspiration and shout-out’s, keep your eyes peeled. Coming your way this season is the Project Kudos bus on an important mission. Consider it a mobile billboard with a smile! 

Whether you catch it in person, or join them online, the mission is to spread kindness by gathering food for those who need it most, while spreading cheer and appreciation. The bus stickers (or online stickers) remind people of their value in a busy world where we often forget to share. 

The brainchild of successful new-home developer Schell Brothers, this fascinating initiative that is addressing the very real but often overlooked problem of food insecurity in our state. Kudos, which is derived from the Greek work kydos means “praise or appreciation.” It’s at the heart of the company’s happiness culture and of this mission.

Twin brothers, Chris and Preston Schell created the community effort, with thanks to the many employees, volunteers and donors to “share the love” – and groceries so direly needed for many. Now partnering with the Harry K Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to ending childhood hunger in Delaware, Project Kudos is upping its game – and you can help! 

Each week, up to 600 or so Southern Delaware families receive generous donations of groceries, including fresh produce, and other essential home items such as paper products and cleaning supplies. Since the onset of the pandemic of 2020, the purple bus and its entourage of volunteers hit the road, and have stepped up to provide emergency relief for families hit hard.

They provide real help and also deliver many smiles, as Schell’s marketing director Alyssa Titus explains. 

Drop off sites are listed on Project Kudos’ web site, or monetary donations can be made to the Harry K Foundation.  

“We plan to enhance the drive even further this holiday season by also providing holiday meals and stockings filled with goodies for children. Right now, we are appealing to about 68,000 people to join our movement by making monetary or non-perishable item donations to bring cheer to neighbors.”

Kids in Delaware schools are also benefitting from Project Kudos, which has partnered with local school districts, where the purple bus brings cheer to kids. “Be a positive force,” the website explains. 

So take a crazy ride with the magnificent purple bus on a mission! Make someone smile. Inevitably, it will bring a smile to your face as well.  

And pick up the habit…tell someone they’re AWESOME today! 

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