Stuff the Bus

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The 2022 Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive collected and distributed over 56,000 school supplies to approximately 3,000 local K-12 children at 22 local schools within our service area.

THANKS TO ALL who supported this initiative in any way, whether it was donating supplies, volunteering to help, collecting supplies and/or making a financial contribution.  This wouldn't be so successful with the myriad of people who support local children.

Families in need of supplies should contact their school district directly regarding distribution dates/process, as this varies from district to district.

Would you like to support Stuff the Bus?

  • Cash or check donations can be mailed to United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN), PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258 - note "Stuff the Bus" in the memo field.
  • Credit card donations can be made through our secure online giving platform by clicking here.
  • CLICK HERE for a list of supplies being collected.
  • CLICK HERE for a list of schools receiving supplies this year.
  • CLICK HERE for a list of collection locations - places where you can drop off your donation of new school supplies.

The purpose of our Stuff the Bus initiative is to provide K-12 students with the basic school supplies needed to learn and be successful, thereby allowing them (and their parents) to focus on their academic goals. When students are provided with the tools that they need to be successful in school, it eases many burdens. Children can focus on their studies without worrying about having a pencil or a notebook and parents can lift the financial burden off their shoulders. When UWSWMN provides these supplies through Stuff the Bus, we are making an impact that goes much further than school supplies. We’re alleviating stress, building confidence, and helping students thrive. 

This initiative is offered to all schools throughout our service area and engages numerous volunteers.  Collection barrels and containers are placed at various locations throughout the area. Local workplaces hold collection drives and are provided with specific supply goals to raise. UWSWMN staff then determines what supplies will need to be purchased to fulfill the need based on data received from the schools and trends from past years. 

School supplies provided include: backpacks, colored pencils, crayons, eraser toppers, expo markers, folders, glue bottles and sticks, hand sanitizer, headphones, highlighters, index cards, tissues, markers, notebooks, pencil boxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, rulers and scissors. Other miscellaneous supplies that come in through the donation containers are also distributed to the schools. Dozens of volunteers come together to sort, pack, and load the school supplies.  NEW THIS YEAR - The 2022 distribution will be held at the Merit Center located at 1001 W Erie Road, Marshall, MN.  School representatives pick up the supplies for their school and manage distribution to their neediest students in a way that works best for their district, as there are many multi-town and multi-building districts within our service area.