In Bucks County, 16% of children face difficulties having their basic needs provided, which includes school supplies. With summer vacation at its mid-way point, United Way of Bucks County is collecting donations from now until August 8th to help as many children as possible be prepared for the new school year.

The local Stuff the Bus campaign collected enough supplies for 2,688 kids in 2017, and the goal is to help even more students in 2018.

The annual drive continues from now until August 8th and is looking for donations to satisfy the needs of more than 3,000 Bucks County students in need.

The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown and any Penn Community Bank are among local businesses collecting for the drive until August 8th. A full list of collection sites is available here.

It is imperative only new supplies are donated. Gift card donations to Walmart, K Mart, or Target so agencies can buy supplies themselves are also welcome.

Monetary donations are being accepted on the United Way of Bucks website. The cost of filling one child’s backpack is $35, and if the money is donated then United Way will put the materials together.

United Way of Bucks states on its website the cost of buying school supplies for a single middle school student can be $200.

BB&T, Comcast, PECO, Bank of America, St. Mary Medical Center, Cummins, Sesame Place and Bay Sales are sponsors of the event, with Wells Fargo as the presenting sponsor.

Urgently Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Marble Composition books (wide & college ruled)
  • 2 Pencils
  • Three-ring binders (1-inch)
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide & college ruled)
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Index Cards
  • Spiral notebooks (wide & college ruled)
  • Highlighters
  • Pocket Folders
  • Ruler (English & Metric measurements)
  • Pencil case for binders
  • Pencil Boxes

Other items being accepted are limited to scissors (blunt-ended for younger children, pointed for older children), erasers, post-it notes, flash-drives (1 GB minimum), and markers.