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 from last year!
Stuff the Bus can’t happen without your support. 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. All the supplies you need to host a mini-drive are here:
Pack backpacks: We are looking for volunteers to help pack supplies on Thursday, August 20th at Cummins Power Systems in Bristol. Click here to sign up! If you have any questions, contact Danielle Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.949.1660 ext 112.
Most urgently needed items in 2015 include:
- Glue Sticks
- Scissors (blunt ended for younger children, pointed for older children)
- Hand-held pencil sharpeners
- Marble composition books
- 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)
You can drop off donations of new school supplies at the following locations:
Lower Bucks: 8 am – 6 pm on Tuesday, August 18 & Wednesday, August 19 at United Way of Bucks County (413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030) or 1 pm – 4 pm on Wednesday, August 19 at Bucks County Housing Group’s Pantry at Penndel (349 Durham Road, Penndel, PA 19047)
Central Bucks: 9 am – 4 pm on Tuesday, August 18 & Wednesday, August 19 at Bucks County Housing Group’s Pantry at Doylestown (470 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901)
Upper Bucks: 830 am – 4 pm on Tuesday 8/18 & Wednesday 8/19 at Quakertown Alive! (312 W Broad St, Quakertown PA 18951), Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce (21 N Main St, Quakertown PA 18951) and all First Savings Bank of Perkasie locations
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.”