With “back-to-school” sales abounding at area stores, United Way is hoping local shoppers will consider picking up an extra item or two to help “Stuff the Bus.” United Way’s annual school supply drive is underway throughout Logan County with a goal of filling an actual school bus with donations collected at dozens of participating area businesses. Stuff the Bus continues through Monday, Aug. 7.
“Stuff the Bus supplies are like Christmas gifts,” said Valarie Rapp, guidance counselor at Indian Lake Schools.
That’s because items collected during the project are sorted and delivered directly to area schools for use in the classroom throughout the upcoming school year.
The following locations have signed on to serve as collection sites this year.
· AcuSport Corporation
· Alan Galvez Insurance
· Citizens Federal Savings & Loan
· Community Markets (Bellefontaine and Lakeview locations)
· Craft Paper Scissors
· Daido Metal USA
· First Lutheran Church (Bellefontaine)
· Great Lakes Assemblies
· Hilliker YMCA
· Logan County Libraries (Knowlton, DeGraff, Lakeview, Rushsylvania, West Liberty and West Mansfield branches)
· Midwest Express
· Mobile Instrument
· NEX Transport
· Peak Performance Holistic Health Center
· Richwood Banking Company
· Shoe Sensation
· The Shelly Company
· Thomas & Marker Construction
· United Way of Logan County (130 S. Main St., Bellefontaine)
· Walmart – on Saturday August 5 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.
· Woodforest National Bank (inside the Bellefontaine Walmart)
Collection drive ends Aug. 5
The drive culminates on Saturday August 5 with United Way volunteers collecting outside the Bellefontaine Walmart. Shoppers will be encouraged to pick up an extra item or two on the list as they shop and drop it off on their way out of the store. A Bellefontaine City School bus will be parked outside the entrance for donors to place their donations.
All collected items will be sorted for distribution to area teachers and guidance counselors to use in their classrooms (including Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Calvary Christian, Indian Lake, Ohio Hi-Point, Riverside, and West Liberty).
What if you know someone who needs school supplies? The donated items will be distributed directly to the Board Office of all school districts by August 11. United Way asks that you please contact your school guidance counselor to access needed supplies after that time.
Items being collected include: art supplies, backpacks, baggies (all sizes), colored pencils, composition notebooks, crayons, disinfecting wipes, folders, glue, glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, markers, notebooks, paper, paper towels, pencils, pens (blue and black), post-it notes, rulers, school boxes, scissors, and tissues.
It’s the mission of United Way of Logan County to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.
United Way of Logan County, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and is registered with the BBB of Central Ohio. We participate in the BBB Accredited Charity Seal program, which indicates that we meet all 20 of the Standards of Charity Accountability and are noted as an Accredited Charity. The 20 Standards evaluate a charity’s financial accountability, governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, and fundraising and informational materials.
For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.
Submitted by United Way of Logan County.