The United Way Stuff the Bus campaign is moving into its next phase today in its mission to help disadvantaged children be prepared for the new school year. School for most children in the area is less than a month away, and the organization is embarking on the next steps of the donation drive.

All of the donations people have left at local drop-off locations are being taken to United Way of Bucks office today and Tuesday, and Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement Danielle Bush says it’s a project bigger than any one person.

“We have businesses, residents, girl scout troops, churches,” Bush explained. “It’s the community and all those entities make up the community.”

And though drop-off points won’t be collecting any more donations, there are still ways people can help.

“People can still donate directly monetarily on our website, or through a check in the mail, or even dropping off a check here at our office,” Bush said. “They can do that until the 22nd of August.”

The sorting and inventory event will take place this Wednesday at Westaby Hall, located at 425 Hood Blvd in Fairless Hills.

United Way Bucks will still be collecting new school supplies at their Fairless Hills office today and tomorrow. More information on how people can volunteer is available on www.uwbucks.org.

If someone is still looking to donate items, United Way of Bucks intern Sophie Knight told Chris Ermer on UpWords there was one item in demand above all the rest.

“Definitely the backpacks. We something to put all the supplies in,” Knight said.

The cost to fill a single child’s backpack is $35 and the United Way of Bucks is looking to meet the needs of more than 3,000 children. In 2017, the drive collected enough materials to prepare 2,688 students for the upcoming school year.

If someone donates financially, United Way of Bucks will get the materials and put them together.

Sponsors of the event include BB&T, Comcast, PECO, Bank of America, St. Mary Medical Center, Cummins, Sesame Place and Bay Sales. Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor.