The United Way of Logan County will conduct its annual "Stuff The Bus" program for the next three weeks in an effort to gather and distribute basic items students will need as they head back to school.
This year’s program begins Monday with several local businesses serving as early drop-off locations.
The final day of collection is scheduled for Saturday, August 17th from 8:30 am to noon. On that day, a school bus will be parked at the Logan County Farmers' Market in the city parking lot behind the Main Street Marketplace building.
Items needed include erasers, scissors, school boxes, rulers, notebooks, pencils, highlighters, crayons, black and blue pens, glue, folders, paper, markers, glue sticks, and colored pencils.
All of the supplies collected will be divided and distributed to each of the area schools to help families without the ability to purchase the basic items that students will need to begin the school year.
Last year's collection totaled over $5,000 in supplies and the United Way aims to double that effort this year. In order to accomplish their goal the agency is requesting the help of area residents to organize a collection within their business, workplace, church, etc. or by purchasing extra items during their next shopping trips and bringing them to one of the drop-off locations.
Drop-off locations included Alan Galvez Insurance, Community Markets (Bellefontaine & Indian Lake), The Bellefontaine Examiner Office, Logan County Farmers Market, Nash Finch Company, Precision Custom Products, Inc., Hilliker YMCA, United Way of Logan County (Main Street Marketplace)
To make arrangements for pickup or to make a monetary donation contact the United Way’s office at 592-2886.