More lend a hand to ‘Stuff the Bus’The local “Stuff the Bus” project is expanding. Donation boxes have multiplied, and some will even take to the streets during the city’s Fourth of July parade.
The local “Stuff the Bus” project is expanding. Donation boxes have multiplied, and some will even take to the streets during the city’s Fourth of July parade.
The Stuff the Bus campaign, sponsored by the United Way of Superior/Douglas County, provides new school supplies for kids in need. All of the supplies will be delivered directly to the school districts and distributed by school staff at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
The intent is to get the items into the students’ hands on the first day of school, according to Kathi Madsen, executive director of the United Way. Stuff the Bus supplies items to most public and private schools in the county.
Donation boxes are now available at locations throughout Superior, including Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, National Bank of Commerce, Super One Foods, Superior school district administration office, Superior Public Library, Holden’s Insurance, two locations on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus, Noon Rotary, New Horizons Child Care Center, McDonalds on East Second Street, Superior Choice Credit Union, Cathedral Church, Mariner Clinic, St. Francis in the Park and BMO Bank. The original supply pick-up date was June 21.
“Several of the businesses asked if they could extend the date to collect supplies and we said ‘of course,’” Madsen said. “We won’t distribute the supplies until the last week in August.”
Sterling Silver Studios has also stepped up to help the cause. Their students will pull wagons during their Fourth of July parade performance, Madsen said. Members of the public are encouraged to put their school supply donations in the wagons as they pass.
Girl Scouts from Cathedral School have offered to help sort supplies between now and August and re-package them for the various schools, Madsen said.
The supplies will be distributed the last week of August to public and private schools in Douglas County. The outpouring of interest in the project — from new drop-off sites to offers of monetary donations — has been very gratifying, Madsen said.
“Isn’t it great to live in a caring and generous community,” she said.
More information on “Stuff the Bus” is available by calling the United Way at 715-394-2733.