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 2015, thanks to our donors and volunteers, we distributed 1,932 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to kids in need. That was a 77% increase over the year before.

Our goal in 2016 is to provide over 2,000 backpacks to Bucks County kids! With your help, we can do it.

There are a few ways to get involved:

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.

We will have all the supplies you need to host a drive soon. They include a Stuff the Bus Toolkit, customizable flyer, Stuff the Bus logo, and your own donation log.

We will need all of the supplies you collect by August 15 – 16.

Pack backpacks: This year, we will be hosting both sorting and packing events. Information and a volunteer sign up page will be posted soon, but if you have any questions, you can contact Danielle Bush at danielleb@uwbucks.org or 215.949.1660 ext 112.

Most urgently needed items in 2016 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
  • Flash drives
  • 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 or 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.”