For the last seven years, United Way of Paducah-McCracken County has sponsored and coordinated this school supply drive in order to help families who are struggling to afford the essentials students need to succeed in school.
On July 16, from 10 am to 4 pm at Hinkleville Walmart, Southside Walmart and Sam’s Club volunteers will be collecting supplies to ‘Stuff the Bus.’
“Every year we are happy to report a growth in the collection of supplies, as well as the number of community members that come out and help us,” said Allison Devin, Community Impact Specialist. “We are tremendously grateful for the support we get each year!”
Once collected, volunteers sort and distribute supplies to the 20 participating schools. The crayons, binders and paper will most certainly help each student feel welcome and prepared as they walk into school on their first day back.
“The United Way loves to be able to give back to the community,” said Devin. We partner with so many wonderful businesses and volunteers to make this event a success. Special thanks to all of our volunteers and to Paducah Bank for their sponsorship!”
A team of 30 volunteers will be there on the day of the event and they will sort donated supplies the following day. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Allison Devine at Allison@unitedwaypaducah.org or call 270.442.1691.
Donations will be collected on the 16th, but many businesses will be accepting donations before the event. McNabb Elementary will be open on July 15th from 9 am – 12 pm for supplies to be dropped off.
Everyday school supplies from grades K-12 are welcome. Kids need everything from the basics such as paper and crayons, to pencils, rulers and calculators. Three to five-inch binders are especially needed as there’s a shortage of them every year. Middle and high school students need them the most.
If you or a child is in need of school supply assistance for the coming year, contact your school’s Family Resource Coordinator.
United Way and Stuff the Bus work with each school coordinator to ensure the supplies needed are up to date for each school year. The donations received are evenly dispersed between area schools.
Several local businesses are working with the event to accept donations. Bring your school supplies to:
Achieve Medical Weight Loss
Fluor- Having a workplace supply drive (not a drop off location)
KY Farm Bureau- Ricky Greenwell
Purchase Area Family Magazine
Swift & Staley
Any school item will be accepted, but the following list are high demand items: #2 pencils, 2-inch binders, backpacks, Clorox wipes, composition notebooks, Crayola crayons, colored pencils, dry erase markers, eraser caps and blocks, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, hi-liters, index cards, ink pens (black & blue), Kleenex, loose leaf paper (college & wide ruled), pencil boxes, plastic sheet protectors, pocket folders, poster boards, rulers (Inch and centimeter sides), scissors, Sharpies, and spiral notebooks.