United Way’s Stuff the Bus event happening this weekend

Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 10:40 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will host their annual Stuff the Bus event this weekend.

UWHR will be at Walmart stores in Timberville, Harrisonburg and Dayton collecting school supplies to donate to Harrisonburg City Public Schools and Rockingham County Public Schools.

“It’s one way we can make sure our local students and teachers have all the supplies they need to start the school year off right,” UWHR Executive Director Amanda Leech said.

Along with donations, she said they need volunteers all weekend for all locations. Volunteers work two-hour shifts sharing about the event, collecting and sorting items.

Leech said they have worked closely with HCPS and RCPS to shorten the list of donation items, but gift cards are also acceptable donations.

“We’re hoping folks will stick to the list this year and make the biggest impact with those supplies,” she said. “Gift cards are just as helpful because then schools can go out and buy the supplies they haven’t quite gotten enough of.”

If you plan to buy school supplies online this year, there are still ways for you to be involved.

“If you’re planning on shopping online this week, make sure you throw in some school supplies, and you can bring them to one of our drop-off locations,” Leech said.

Another way you can give is through their website. Simply, click the “Donate” tab and note that your gift is for Stuff the Bus in the comments. To view the donation lists, click here.

United Way teams will also be stationed at the Walmart locations in Staunton and Waynesboro. All items will stay in the area where they are donated.

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