Neighbors Schools

‘Stuff The Bus’ Gears Up To Pack 3,500 Back-To-School Bags For Kids

Volunteers sorting donated supplies at Westby Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Tom Sofield/

The annual United Way of Bucks County drive to collect school supplies for area kids is prepared to help more children than ever before.

Over the past few weeks, the United Way of Bucks County’s “Stuff the Bus” program has gathered school supplies from residents, community groups, churches, and businesses. Whether through donations of actual supplies or monetary contributions, the group will work to pack more than 3,500 bags with supplies like paper, pencils, pens, rules, other everyday items used in classrooms across the region.

Danielle Bush, who coordinates the countywide Stuff the Bus program, said volunteers are needed to sort the supplies and fill backpacks this week and next at Westaby Hall at the Fairless Hills Fire Company in Falls Township. Those interested in volunteering can sign up online.

Families who need supplies can still contact the United Way of Bucks County via their website to request help. Bush said proof of need will be required, adding families whose kids receive free lunch and have Access cards qualify for the program.

The number of Bucks County families who need some help has grown in the nine years since the program launched. In the years since, the cost of school supplies has only increased and word of the program has spread.

Bush said the United Way of Bucks County filled about 3,300 backpacks for area kids last year.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001