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The Red Bus is coming: British bus turned thrift store pulls into campus April 3

Students at Washburn University will have the chance to shop the Red Bus on Thursday. Their purchases will support Show Hope, a nonprofit that advocates for orphans worldwide.

The Red Bus Project, a double-decker British bus turned thrift store, is the student program of Show Hope. Since its launch in 2012, Show Hope says the Red Bus has visited nearly 60 colleges and raised nearly $50,000 to support Show Hope adoption grants. The bus is on its third tour this spring.

“The clothes they sell come from other college campuses. This is stuff you’ll probably want,” said Chase Sachs, president of the Washburn chapter of Christian Challenge. Christian Challenge collaborated with the Red Bus Project to get a stop in Topeka at Washburn. The bus is visiting other campuses in the region as well.  

Washburn students are encouraged to shop rather than donate items during the Red Bus’s stop on campus. The bus will be parked in the circle drive in front of Mabee Library on Thursday.

“Christian Challenge wanted to be more involved on campus and do more community outreach,” Sachs said. “We really liked the idea (of bringing the Red Bus Project).  It’s about inspiring college student to think of other ways to make a difference.”

According to the project, Red Bus is a comprehensive campaign to engage students in orphan care activities “long after the tour leaves campus.”

“Students really care about making a difference in the world. Sometimes they just need someone to put them in the right direction,” said Chris Wheeler, Show Hope’s director of student initiatives. “The Red Bus Project is a way to lead students toward truly making a huge impact in the global orphan crisis.”

Show Hope was founded in 2003 by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth Chapman. It has helped place more than 3,500 children -- from 50 different countries -- with forever families. The group gives grants to those families to help facilitate the adoption process.

Learn more about the Red Bus Project:


Chase Sachs, president, Washburn Christian Challenge,
Jeff Trubey, media specialist, Red Bus Project, 615.397.1034,
Michaela Saunders, university relations, Washburn University, 785.670.2154