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One of the best parts about getting ready for the new school year is picking out new school supplies, but some area families can’t afford these necessary materials.

A backpack filled with pencils, pens, notebooks, and erasers are just ordinary school supplies to most kids, but to a homeless child those few items can be treasured, helping to bridge the gap between fitting in and feeling different.

July 20th launches a month-long blitz to “Stuff the Bus”--a school supply drive for homeless and needy children, presented by United Way of Onslow County.

School supplies are must haves for students starting classes in the fall but not everyone can afford what's required on the first day of school.  With 271 homeless children in Onslow County and countless more either at-risk or in extreme need, these supplies are a lifeline for children to begin the school year right.

How can I help?

There are many ways to help "Stuff the Bus"

  • Donate Supplies: Drop-off supplies to local Wal-Mart Stores, Navy Federal Credit Union, Elite Tattoo and Piercing Gallery, Tina Glover State Farm, Jennifer DuFore State Farm, Target (During August 7,8 & 9 at the School Bus in the parking lot), or the United Way Office. Not sure what to donate? See below for a list of needed items
  • Monetary Donation: Click here to make a donation for Stuff the Bus, today!

Needed Items:

Binders (2”and 3”)
Mechanical pencils
Plastic pocket folder
Pocket folders w/ center prongs
Loose leaf paper (wide & college rule)
Notebook dividers
Flash drive
Scientific calculator
Backpacks (for all ages)
Crayola crayons
Crayola color pencils
Crayola markers
# 2 pencils
Pencil top erasers
Erasers
Pencil sharpener
Zipper pencil bags
Pencil/supply box
Glue sticks
Fiskar scissors
Dry erase markers
Highlighters
3x5 index cards
4x6 index cards
Composition book
Pens (blue, red, black)
Printer paper
Page protectors
Protractor/Compass
Loose leaf graph paper
Ziploc/Hefty Zip bags
(quart or gallon)

Additional Needed Items:

Underwear – (sizes: 4-18, Men S-XL- briefs or boxers)
Panties – (sizes: 4-14 Misses S-XL) & Sports bras (XS-XL)
Socks – (girls, boys, ladies, men)
Soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Lice Kits
Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
Walmart Gift Cards for incidentals
Donations to Purchase High School Caps and Gowns

Pictures from last year's Stuff the Bus