United Way of Franklin County is once again coordinating its annual school supply donation drive, Stuff the Bus, to help prepare students for learning in the fall at all five Franklin County school districts. Due to COVID-19, United Way is hosting both virtual and traditional drives through Aug. 7.
“This is the eighth year we’ve coordinated Stuff the Bus, and it is more important now than ever given the impact of COVID-19. School this year may look very different, but the need for school supplies remains and, in fact, has grown because of the increased financial stress on many families,” said Amy Weibley, communications and community impact director for United Way of Franklin County. “To accommodate donations during the pandemic, we are encouraging participation virtually through our Target and Walmart registries, but also have limited in-person collection sites for those preferring that option.”
Stuff the Bus eases the burden for families, teachers, PTOs, and districts as the school year begins, knowing that many students begin every year without supplies they need. By mobilizing businesses and residents to donate school supplies, United Way aims to help fill the gap so all local students are prepared for learning in the new school year.
In addition to choosing how to donate items, community members have the option to direct their donations to the school district of their choice: Chambersburg, Fannett-Metal, Greencastle, Tuscarora, or Waynesboro. Donors can either deliver donations to one of the collection sites in the community they wish to donate, or they can indicate the district while checking out online.
To donate virtually, people can shop for supplies using one of the following registries:
* Target Registry: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/stuff-the-bus-FC, or visit target.com and search under “Registries” for “United Way of Franklin County” (Note: To designate your donation to a specific school district, write the name of the district in the “Gift Message” while checking out through Target.)
* Walmart Registry: https://www.walmart.com/registry/registryforgood/e91fd147-ca7b-4bc2-b711-61d34857a65f/view, or visit walmart.com and search under “Registries” for “United Way of Franklin County” (Note: To designate your donation to a specific school district, after ordering through Walmart, send an email to: email@example.com with your name and the name of the district.)
When checking out online, donors should select the option to ship the supplies directly to the United Way office, 182 S. 2nd St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.
Donations may also be dropped off at any of the following locations through Aug. 7. Please wear a mask when dropping off supplies.
* Chambersburg: Patriot Federal Credit Union branches (800 Wayne Ave., 1536 LWE, 140 S. Federal St., and 488 Gateway Ave.) and Orrstown Bank branches (1355 Orchard Drive, 625 Norland Ave., and 1725 LWE)
* Fannett-Metal: Orrstown Bank (16400 Path Valley Road)
* Greencastle: Orrstown Bank (308 Carolle St.)
* Mercersburg: Orrstown Bank (12 S. Main St.)
* Waynesboro: Patriot Federal Credit Union branches (626 N. Grant St. & 10933 Buchanan Trail East)
“Every year, the United Way staff team is moved by the overwhelming generosity and kindness of our communities coming together to support local students, teachers, and families by donating school supplies. Every single donation makes a difference,” said Weibley.
Monetary donations can also be made on the United Way website. To learn more or donate, visit: www.uwfcpa.org.