NISKAYUNA -- Town officials in partnership with Yankee Trails and The Bus Stop Club will be part of a sight and sound scene on Thursday.
The Yankee Trails "Hope Bus" will roll on town roads collecting non-perishable items to benefit the Niskayuna Central School District community. Characters "Lightning McQueen" and "Waldo" also will be along for the ride.
The bus will leave Edwin D. Reilly Jr. Niskayuna Town Hall at 10 a.m. and cruise around town until 3:15 p.m.
Residents are asked to leave donated items in a bag with handles near their mailboxes or at the end of their driveways. Volunteers will then easily be able to collect the items.
Suggested donation items include peanut butter, jelly, cereal and feminine hygiene products.
The route will include Rosendale Estates Neighborhood, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
From Town Court: Left onto Nott Street East, right onto Van Antwerp Road, left onto Antonia Drive, left onto Angelina Drive, right onto Rowe Road, right onto Antonia Drive, left onto Wemple Lane, right onto McGovern Drive, left onto Van Antwerp Road, left onto Hilltop Road, left onto Rowe Road, left onto Peters Lane, right onto Wemple Lane, right onto Whamer Lane, right onto Ruffner Road; left onto Rosendale Road; left onto Mountainview Avenue; left onto Hawthorn Road; right onto Rosehill Boulevard.
The swing through the Old Niskayuna neighborhood will take place between 1:15 and 3:15 p.m.
From Grand Boulevard the bus will go right onto Keyes Avenue; right onto Lexington Parkway; right onto Dean Street; left onto Grand Boulevard; left onto Myron Street; right onto Salem Road; right onto Regent Street; left onto Barcelona Road; left onto Valencia Road; right onto Lexington Parkway; right onto Clifton Park Road; left onto Alton Street.
Food will be dropped off at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1850 Union St.
Members of the collection team are encouraging residents to poke their heads out of doors and windows, wave at the bus, show signs and dance to bus music.
Photos and videos can be posted to #518RainbowHunt; #YTHopeBus; and #BusStopClub.
The rain date is Friday.