Stuff the Bus

Here in Bucks County, about 20,000 kids struggle to have their basic needs met. For these kids, things we may consider ‘basics’- like back to school supplies – can be hard to come by.

We believe it’s critically important for ALL kids to start the school year with the right supplies. That’s why we need your help with Stuff the Bus.

In 2014, thanks to our donors and volunteers, we distributed 1,088 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to kids in need.

Our goal in 2015 is 1,251 backpacks to Bucks County kids – a 15% increase in 2015!

2015 Stuff the Bus collection dates are August 18 – 19 and bags will be assembled on Thursday, August 20.

Stuff the Bus can’t happen without your support. There are a few ways to get involved:

Become a sponsor! The deadline to sponsor Stuff the Bus is June 30th. Sponsors are a crucial component of making sure we can meet the needs of kids here in Bucks County. If you are interested in being a sponsor, click here for more info.

Join the STB Steering Committee. We are also looking for volunteers to help with publicity, marketing, and promoting mini-drives. To get involved with planning, sign up here.

Host your own ‘mini-drive’.  If you have what it takes to get other people excited about a project, try hosting your own mini-drive! Our volunteers have hosted drives at work, in their neighborhoods, and even ‘Stuff the Bus’ parties at home. All the supplies you need to host a mini-drive are here:

Soon we will also be looking for volunteers to help sort supplies and pack bags. If you have any questions about getting involved, please contact Danielle Bush at danielleb@uwbucks.org or 215.949.1660 ext 112.

Most urgently needed items in 2015 include:

  • Backpacks
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors (blunt ended for younger children, pointed for older children)
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Crayons
  • Marble composition books
  • Markers
  • Three-ring binders (1 inch)
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide and college ruled)
  • Book Covers
  • Gift cards to Walmart, K Mart or Target (for agencies to purchase other supplies)

If you are interested in donating to Stuff the Bus, but don’t have the chance to stop by the store or swing by our office, you can also mail a check made out to United Way of Bucks County to 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, with “Stuff the Bus” in the memo line. You can also donate online. Be sure to select ‘Stuff the Bus’ as your impact area. Note: You do not need to create a PayPal account if you select “pay by credit card.”