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!
Binders (2”and 3”)
Plastic pocket folder
Pocket folders w/ center prongs
Loose leaf paper (wide & college rule)
Backpacks (for all ages)
Crayola color pencils
# 2 pencils
Pencil top erasers
Zipper pencil bags
Dry erase markers
3x5 index cards
4x6 index cards
Pens (blue, red, black)
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
Walmart Gift Cards for incidentals
Donations to Purchase High School Caps and Gowns