United Way Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive begins July 1

United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd is kicking off its eighth-annual Stuff the Bus campaign on July 1.


The Stuff the Bus program is a school supply drive for children in need in the New River Valley. Locations throughout the community will have drop bins available for donations July 1-31 for community members to contribute to the effort. All items received in a specific community will be distributed to children in need in that community.

All donations stay local to serve the needs of local children.

Distribution of the school supplies this year will be through local partner charities (Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, Radford Clothing Bank, and Floyd County Emergency Assistance Program) and given to local school systems to help teachers.

In addition to the month-long collection, a Stuff the Bus Event will take place July 29 from 9-6 p.m. at the Christiansburg Walmart. Three school buses from Montgomery County, Radford City, and Floyd County will be parked out front, and the community is urged to come out and “stuff the bus” to send local children back to school prepared to learn.

In 2016, residents across the New River Valley donated over 9,600 items and served 537 children. Although last year’s Stuff the Bus campaign was a huge success, more children need our help. Please join us in our efforts to provide school supplies for children in our community, in hopes we will reach more children and help more families this year.

Locations & Needs List:

Montgomery: Walmart in Christiansburg, Kroger on South Main St. in Blacksburg, and Dollar General in Riner. Radford: Radford Public Library and Dollar General. Floyd: Dollar General, the Floyd County Tourism & Chamber Of Commerce Office, and Slaughter’s Supermarket.

Items Needed:

Backpacks pink erasers protractors, lunchboxes safety scissors compass, binders, washable markers graph paper, folders with pockets colored pencils/crayons calculators, spiral notebooks glue sticks pens, notebook paper pointed scissors 3 or 5 subject spiral notebooks, erasable ball point pens, rulers, 5-tab index dividers, no. 2 pencils, 3” X 5” index cards, highlighters.

If your family needs assistance with school supplies for your children, or you would like additional information, please contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at (540) 381-2066 or by email at info@unitedwaynrv.org.

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