“Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect school supplies

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Each year, the campaign collects supplies to distribute to children in need. Organizers say the program is more crucial than ever in the face of rising costs.

KENT COUNTY, Michigan — The Heart of West Michigan United Way is asking Michiganders to donate school supplies for the upcoming school year as part of its “fill the bus” country.

Each year the donation event collects supplies to distribute to children in need throughout Kent County. Those interested can make a donation until August 8.

As costs rise in the United States and Michigan, United Way officials say the program is more crucial than ever to giving children a head start.

“Inflation is really going up and the price of gas, you know, families are struggling to get their kids to school to go to work with the price of gas,” Maribeth said. Green from United Way. “And for school supplies, you know, I added $50 or $60, that’s really going to hurt a lot of families. And a lot of students might not get the supplies they need.”

The organizers are also calling on businesses to collect school supplies by setting up a drop box which will be collected at the end of the campaign.

Student and classroom supplies are needed, including backpacks, scissors, tissues, calculators and more. Centraide has a complete list of necessary school supplies here.

Donations can be dropped off at all Macatawa Bank locations in Kent County, Powerstrength Training in Georgetown Township and Heart of West Michigan United Way in Grand Rapids.

To learn more about the campaign, see the schools benefiting from the program or make a donation, Click here.

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