Stuff the Bus to begin July 22

United Way of Central Arkansas will hold a school supply drive for children in need in Faulkner, Perry and Van Buren counties. 

The Stuff the Bus drive will take place Monday, July 22, through Saturday, Aug. 3. The program gives community members an opportunity to get involved by donating new school supplies to benefit children in the area. While many parents are enjoying their children’s summer vacation, some are already concerned about the cost of purchasing school supplies. This program is designed to help alleviate some of that burden. 

The United Way of Central Arkansas will partner with Kona Ice, Walmart and Y107 to help families in need provide backpacks with school supplies.

The annual Stuff the Bus event will take place at two Conway Walmart locations, Dave Ward Drive and Highway 65, and the Walmart in Clinton, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3. 

“Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families with school-aged children that are struggling to make ends meet, giving a student who is in need the necessary supplies needed to promote learning, encourage self-esteem and help kids stay in school,” a United Way spokesman said. “It’s more than school supplies. It’s the first step to prepare students for a fulfilling, successful future.” 

To learn more about the program or if a business is interested in becoming a drop-off location, contact Aimee Prince at the United Way of Central Arkansas office at 501.327.5087 or [email protected].