United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is kicking off its seventh-annual Stuff the Bus campaign on July 1st. Stuff the Bus is a school supply drive for children in need in the New River Valley. Nine locations throughout the community will have drop bins available for donations July 1st through July 31st.
Montgomery: Walmart, Kroger on South Main St. in Blacksburg, and Dollar General in Riner.
Radford: Radford Public Library and Dollar General.
Floyd: Floyd Pharmacy, Dollar General, Citizens, and Slaughter’s Supermarket.
In addition to the month-long collection, a Stuff the Bus Event will take place Saturday, July 30th. Three school buses from Montgomery County, Radford City, and Floyd County will be parked at the Christiansburg Walmart from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On this day, the community is urged to “stuff the bus” to send local children back to school prepared to learn.
All items received in a specific community will be distributed to children in need in that community. All donations stay local to serve the needs of local children. Distribution of the school supplies this year will be through local partner charities (Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, Radford Clothing Bank, and Floyd County Emergency Assistance Program) and given to local school systems to help teachers.
In 2015, residents across the New River Valley donated over 10,600 items and served 478 children. Although last year’s Stuff the Bus campaign was a huge success, more children need our help. Please join us in our efforts to provide school supplies for children in our community, in hopes we will reach more children and help more families this year.
Backpacks, Pink erasers, Protractors, Lunchboxes, Safety Scissors, Compass, Binders, Washable markers, Graph paper, Folders with pockets, Colored pencils, Crayons, Calculators, Spiral notebooks, Glue sticks, Pens, Notebook paper, Pointed scissors, 3 or 5 subject spiral notebooks, Erasable ball point pens, Rulers, 5-tab index dividers, No. 2 pencils, 3" X 5" Index cards, Highlighters, etc.
If your family needs assistance with school supplies for your children, or you would like additional information, please contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at (540) 381-2066 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.