You can almost hear it — parents in Bucks County breathing a collective sigh of relief as children head back to school this week. Summer vacations are fun, but, alas, all good things have to end.

Be grateful, also, that we are blessed with wonderful schools – public and private. Families take comfort in knowing their children benefit from the advantages they have by living in Bucks County.

Included in our many blessings is the knowledge that Bucks is, and always has been, a caring community. We have seen throughout the years the generosity of our neighbors, citizens and the business community toward those in need also living in what is usually described as affluent Bucks County.

Caring is demonstrated year-round, but we saw another example this week when volunteers, students, and adults, rushed to help United Way of Bucks County in its annual drive called “Stuff the Bus.” They met at Sesame Place in Middletown Township to fill 2,500 backpacks that will be given to kids heading back to school – who may need one.

Stuff the Bus is one of many ways United Way benefits agencies and individual families – through the donations of corporations and individuals. Be generous when they come around! -PW