Stuff the Bus: School Supplies Drive

Each year hundreds of children in greater Itasca County go back to school without the essential school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. When children don’t have the school supplies they need, they often disconnect in school, making it much harder to succeed academically.

United Way is engaging volunteers to equip local students with the materials and confidence they need to get a strong start in school. When you host a drive or donate supplies, you help students across our community access the tools needed to stay on track to graduation.

Do you know a student who needs school supplies? Students and caring adults can request supplies online throughout the year. Request 

Request Supplies

How you can help:

  • Collect supplies at your church, organization, civic group, or business. Call 999-7570 to get set up.
  • Stuff the Bus! We’ll be hosting drive-through donation drop-off on September 1st from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.! Supplies can also be dropped off at community locations throughout August and September. Dropbox locations include: Grand Rapids United Methodist Church | Hill City Assembly of God Church | Itasca ReStore | Woodland Bank (Hill City)
  • Volunteer to help us “Stuff the Bus” on September 1st! Volunteers will operate drive-thru donation dropoff with social distancing measures in place. Sign up
  • Sponsor a virtual backpack. Text LAKES to 26989 to make a one-time, monthly, or round-up contribution. Supporters can donate a full pack ($30), a half-pack ($15), or a quarter-pack ($7.50).
  • Shop online from one of our wishlists! Have items shipped straight to United Way to get involved while staying safe at home. Wish lists: Target | Amazon | Wal-Mart
  • Pack a backpack full of school supplies for an elementary, middle, or high-school student. Make sure that your backpack is stocked for the school year with a school supply list from an area school district. 


In the News: United Way and Volunteers Prepare for Drive-thru Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive