United Way of Southwest Minnesota is seeking new school supplies, financial contributions and/or hygiene product donations to help local children start the school year off right. Can you help us Stuff the Bus? Donation barrels and boxes will be located at Shopko; Wal-Mart; Marshall Area YMCA; Menards; Bremer Bank; SWWC Service Cooperative—Market Street Mall; Hy-Vee; Lockwood Motors; Minnwest Bank Marshall; Dawson Drug & Gift; St. Stephen Lutheran Church—Marshall; First Lutheran Church—Marshall; Bank of the West—Ivanhoe, Marshall, and Minneota; Killowat Community Center—Granite Falls; Sanford Medical Center—Canby Campus; Fulda Public Library; Jim’s Market—Slayton; ACMC- Marshall; Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative— Tyler; and the United Way of Southwest Minnesota office. Look for the marked collection containers starting July 2nd. Collection containers will be in place through August 3. Additionally Lincoln County 4-H is collecting supplies at the Lincoln County Fair, August 2nd-5th.
The collected supplies and backpacks will be distributed to participating schools within the United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s service area. School staff ensures the supplies reach those who really need some extra support. In 2017, approximately 4,000 students at 26 schools were helped through the initiative, and a record breaking 62,181 school supplies were distributed. The community need continues to grow for this valuable effort. Supplies will be sorted and packed on August 8th. Those in need of supplies should contact their respective school district beginning on August 13th for details regarding distribution.
This project is coordinated by United Way of Southwest Minnesota and includes public, private and charter schools in the UWSWMN service area. Generous support from the community also makes this annual initiative successful. Multiple churches, organizations, businesses and employee groups also collect supplies and financial donations. Partnerships with Marshall Radio, VAST and Hy-Vee of Marshall help with both advertising Stuff the Bus and coordinating events to collect supplies. Hy-Vee of Marshall will be hosting a school supply collection event on July 12th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. There will also be a Marshall Radio Share a Coke Event sponsored by Vast on July 25th from 4:00-6:00p.m. in front of the Marshall National Guard Armory. Thank you to Southwest Coaches for furnishing a bus to stuff at this event.
Direct contributions (noted on the memo line for school supply purchase) can be sent to United Way of Southwest MN, P.O. Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. Donations are accepted year round for this project and help the United Way purchase necessary items in bulk at a low cost. Those looking for a simple way to give can text ‘StufftheBus’ to 313131 and look for the response text for further instructions.
School supplies most needed this year are backpacks and financial contributions. Other needed school supplies include: colored pencils, washable markers, disinfectant wipes, tissues, notebooks-college and wide ruled and pink erasers. Please contact the United Way for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-929-2273. Volunteers for sorting and packing can sign up online by clicking the Volunteer Tab on the UWSWMN website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org. A limited amount of slots are available.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.