Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Benefits Local Students


The 2018 Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive collected supplies for 23 participating schools within the United Way of Southwest Minnesota service area. Supplies collected will assist nearly 4,000 local K-12 students.  A record 67,003 supplies were distributed this year, which is a significant increase over the 62,181 distributed last year.  In addition, 1,200 hygiene items were also distributed. School staff ensures the supplies reach those who really need some extra support. Families in need of supplies should contact their school district directly regarding distribution dates/process as this varies from district to district. Supplies arrived at respective schools on August 9th.

Sarah Kicmal, Community Engagement and Education Coordinator shared, “This year was the fourth Stuff the Bus event that I’ve coordinated.  I am humbled beyond words with the generosity and hard work of so many folks from throughout our service area; we can’t do this work alone.  One of the trademark statements of United Way is “Live United.” Time and time again this statement is so true and it’s truly an honor to witness folks that embody this very statement.”

This annual initiative would not be possible without generous support from the community. Many organizations, churches, businesses, and employee groups collected financial donations and supplies. Volunteers from all over the service area helped to count, sort and distribute supplies. Partnerships with Marshall Radio, Hy-Vee, Southwest Coaches and Vast Broadband helped with both advertising Stuff the Bus and coordinating events to collect supplies.  Special thanks to the Caring Tree Foundation for donating supplies.

If you took the time to drop a donation into one of the barrels or sent a monetary donation, we thank you! Every single glue stick or box of crayons will make an impact on a local child. Donations are accepted year round for this project and help the United Way of Southwest Minnesota purchase necessary items in bulk at a low cost. 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 or by visiting our website at

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.