Fundraiser ‘stuffs the bus’ for kids in need

Posted at 10:46 PM, Aug 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-13 00:46:12-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The United Way is taking donations to help 'stuff the bus' with school supplies for students in need.

The "Stuff the Bus" drive collects things like pens, pencils, paper, crayons and more for kids who can't afford to buy them.

"We're actually gonna stuff 5,000 backpacks that will go to kids in these community centers, so they'll be prepared to enter school, ready to learn," said Heather MacDonald, a volunteer with United Way.

Donations can be made to the United Way office in Salt Lake City through August, at the Stuff the Bus store at the Gateway on Sept. 4-6 from 8-10 a.m. or at a Walgreens until Aug. 18.

"The supplies we need are pretty typical, things that anybody will be picking up for their own students," said MacDonald. "We would love for people to just get involved and to pick up that extra set of supplies when you are picking stuff up for your own kids."

Volunteers will fill the backpacks on Sept. 13 and deliver them to students in Salt Lake, Summit and Davis Counties as part of United Way's 20th annual Day of Caring.