The Red Bus is coming

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Double-Decker Thrift Store Mobilizes Over 177,000 Students To Help Orphans

March 26 2014 – Over three tours, thousands of students from nearly 60 colleges throughout the Southeast have tangibly acted to care for orphans with Show Hope’s Red Bus Project. Through a unique British double-decker-bus-turned-rolling-thrift-store, students have an opportunity to learn about the needs of orphans, sign up to get involved, and even shop for clothes and donate to help provide families for waiting orphans around  the world. So far, more than 177,000 students have been exposed to the Red Bus Project, and they have contributed nearly $50,000 to help provide orphans with families through Show Hope™ adoption grants. To continue this powerful mission of impacting students around the U.S., the Red Bus will be visiting Northwestern University on April 28. The bus will be visiting 25 schools throughout the spring tour.

The Red Bus Project is a student program started by Show Hope in 2012. Show Hope is a nonprofit organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth for the purpose of caring and advocating for millions of orphans worldwide. The Red Bus Project’s mission is to unite and inspire students to help make a difference and speak up for the world’s orphans. The Red Bus Project engages students in a variety of ways from
encouraging students to start their own Red Bus Project Advocate teams to shopping on the British double-decker-bus-turned rolling-thrift-store, to donating their gently used clothes to the project and beyond.

“Students really care about making a difference in the world. Sometimes they just need someone to point them in the right direction. The Red Bus Project is a way to lead students toward truly making a huge impact in the global orphan crisis through simple steps of action,” said Chris Wheeler, Show Hope’s Director of Student Initiatives, responsible for overseeing the Red Bus Project.

The Red Bus Project is more than just a campus tour. A comprehensive engagement campaign ensures that students continue to be engaged in orphan care activities long after the tour leaves campus. This spring, the Red Bus Project will start several new activities in which students can further their involvement with the project. “Our goal is not to just swoop on to a campus, have a fun event, then leave and never be heard from again,” comments Wheeler. “We have a very intentional strategy in place to move students progressively towards deeper and deeper engagement in a lifestyle of orphan care. We are asking them ‘What is your Red Bus?’ – a metaphor for specific actions they will take to help the plight of the orphan.”

A key part of the engagement strategy has included starting 52 student-led Red Bus Project campus advocate teams that engage students at the campuses on an ongoing basis. “Nothing speaks to a student like a student. As campus orphan care advocate teams form, students come out of the woodwork to make their voice count,” Wheeler added. Advocate team leaders are trained and provided with tools and activities to engage the students on their campus in support of orphan care.

More information is available at or Visit the Red Bus Project website for the Spring Tour schedule.
Media contact: Jeff Trubey, (615) 397-1034, or email
About Red Bus Project

Show Hope’s college program, the Red Bus Project, was launched on March 12, 2012 as a creative initiative to engage college students in the global orphan crisis. The Red Bus Project is a mobile thrift store facilitating the sale and collection of clothes to benefit orphan care. A double-decker bus serves to draw attention on a college campus. Following the bus a nationwide engagement campaign provides continual opportunities for students to speak up on behalf of orphans worldwide. These students form Red Bus Project advocate teams to collectively make an even greater impact in their community and beyond.

About Show Hope:

A ministry founded in 2003 by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth to help care for the millions of orphans around the world, Show Hope works to restore the love of a family to orphans in distress. To date, Show Hope is now an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has helped to provided forever families for more than 3,500 waiting children from 50 different countries, including the U.S, by awarding financial grants to adoptive families. In addition to giving grants, Show Hope also empowers families, churches and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts to change the world for orphans. Show Hope, expanding its remarkable worldwide impact, also provides for orphans with special needs in China through its Special Care Centers. One of these centers is Maria’s Big House of Hope, a six-story healing home facility located in Luoyang, China. Opened in the summer of 2009, its mission is to provide the highest level of care for orphans, who are in desperate need of surgeries and medical attention, thus enabling the children to thrive and increasing their chances of being adopted. Additional centers have opened in the Henan province of China, operating in state-run orphanages as an extension of the care being provided at Maria’s Big House of Hope.


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