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It's time again to Stuff the Bus

Krystle Wagner • Jun 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

As this school year winds down, supplies are being sought for the 2018-19 school year through the sixth annual Stuff the Bus School Supply and Backpack Drive.

The drive runs June 18-30. It is a collaborative effort of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, Grand Haven Area Public Schools and The Salvation Army.

Donations can be dropped off at Loutit District Library in Grand Haven and Fifth Third Bank locations throughout Ottawa County.

Nearly 1,000 children received supplies through Stuff the Bus last year, said Shannon LaHaie, vice president of volunteer engagement for the local United Way. Although they fulfilled the needs for all pre-registered children, LaHaie said they know there is more need out there.

LaHaie said she enjoys the event because they’re able to help students get supplies they need to be successful. By providing school supplies, families are able to focus their finances on other things such as shelter and food, she said.

“It’s a great event all the way around,” LaHaie said.

Donations sought for elementary-age students include backpacks, pencils, washable markers, crayons/colored pencils, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, dry-erase markers and erasers, two-pocket folders, cardstock/tagboard, Clorox wipes, scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes, construction paper, three-ring binders, Post-it notes, and headphones/earbuds.

Items requested for middle school students include backpacks, three-ring binders, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, folders, highlighters, dry-erase markers, blank notecards, Post-it notes and earbuds/headphones.

School supplies sought for high school students include backpacks, pens, pencils, headphones/earbuds, three-ring binders, folders, highlighters, Post-it notes, markers, erasers, notebooks, index cards, loose-leaf paper, and dry-erase markers and erasers.

Monetary donations can also be made by texting “Bus” to 30306.

Backpacks with school supplies will be distributed to local children in August. The Grand Haven pick-up will take place 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Salvation Army, 310 N. DeSpelder St. To participate, students need to be pre-registered, which takes place Aug. 10 during office hours.

The collection boxes, as well as the drop-off and pick-up of boxes, are managed by Two Men and a Truck.

In addition to community donations, the following companies are also hosting in-house drives: Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg, City of Grand Haven, Fifth Third Bank, Spring Lake Community Fitness and Aquatic Center, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, Grand Haven Custom Molding, Bekins, Automatic Spring Products, Four Pointes, Loutit District Library, Center for Women in Transition, Consumers Energy’s Campbell site, Community Choice Credit Union, His Harvest Stand, Gentex, Holland Museum, Vandermill, Health Pointe, Main Street Pub, Mercantile Bank, Seppo Chiropractic, State Farm Insurance Agency, Snap Fitness, Tennant, WHTC Radio and Woodward.

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