United Way Ready to Stuff the Bus!


United Way’s familiar bright yellow bins have been placed throughout Logan County meaning only one thing. It’s time to “Stuff the Bus!”

United Way’s annual countywide School Supply Drive begins this week and runs through Monday, August 21. Four dozen locations throughout the county are collecting items that will be sorted and delivered for use in every Logan County school. United Way encourages you to pick up an item or two next time you’re out running errands and drop it off at one of the collection sites.

“The start of a new school year is an exciting time for teachers and students, but can be stressful on families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Aidan Comstock, Family and Community Liaison for Bellefontaine City Schools and a United Way Board member. “If every resident that is financially able picked up just an item or two while shopping to donate, it would have a huge impact on the number of students and classrooms in our community that would benefit. In addition to families who struggle to meet basic needs, there are many children who are being cared for by relatives or others that may not have the financial resources to purchase supplies. Stuff the Bus gives the opportunity for all students to begin school prepared to have a successful year.”

Collection sites include:

  • AGC
  • Alan Galvez Insurance
  • Belle Center United Methodist Church
  • Bellefontaine Grace Church
  • Belletech
  • Buckeye State Bank (DeGraff)
  • Citizens Federal
  • City of Bellefontaine Municipal Building
  • Civista Bank (West Liberty and Russells Point locations)
  • Community Health and Wellness Partners (Bellefontaine location)
  • Cornerstone Church Huntsville
  • Daido Metal USA
  • Don M. & Margaret Hilliker YMCA
  • Family Chiropractic
  • First United Methodist Church (Bellefontaine)
  • First United Presbyterian Church (Bellefontaine)
  • Global Precision Parts
  • Great Lakes Assemblies
  • Green Hills Community
  • Honda (ELP and HTM)
  • Indian Lake Community Church
  • Indian Lake Outfitters/ The Depot
  • Logan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Logan County Government Offices Annex Building
  • Logan County Libraries (All Branches)
  • Lutheran Manor
  • Marker, Inc.
  • Mary Rutan Health Center
  • Mary Rutan Hospital
  • NX Automotive Logistics
  • PCPI Plastics
  • Richwood Bank (Bellefontaine and Huntsville Locations)
  • Robinson Investments
  • RTC Industries
  • Shelly Materials (Belle Center)
  • Sloan Insurance
  • Spartan Nash
  • Steve Austin’s Auto Group
  • United Way of Logan County (653 S. Main St. – Bellefontaine)
  • West Liberty Town Hall
  • World Class Plastics

Items being collected include:

  • Binders
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Dry erase markers
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Markers
  • Notebooks (college AND wide-ruled)
  • Paper
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil bags
  • Pens (blue and black)
  • Rulers
  • Sandwich bags
  • School boxes
  • Scissors
  • Socks
  • Tissues
  • Underwear
  • Water bottles
  • Watercolor paint

ALL items collected will be sorted and delivered to the following school districts on Friday, August 26th.

  • Bellefontaine City Schools
  • Benjamin Logan Local Schools
  • Calvary Christian School
  • Indian Lake Local Schools
  • Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center
  • Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  • Riverside Local Schools
  • West Liberty-Salem Schools

United Way encourages anyone who needs supplies to wait until the collection is complete and supplies are delivered to each school. You can then contact your school office after Monday, August 29th to let them know you need to access the United Way school supplies and they will allow you to select what you need.

Pictured above is Stuff the Bus at NX Automotive in East Liberty. NX Automotive is one of four dozen collection sites for United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The annual collection provides needed items for all Logan County schools. From right to left: United Way’s Dave Bezusko and NX Automotive’s Mairana Nieves and Katelyn Roby.

Melody Couchman, the Community Engagement Director for United Way, comments on the drive and the distribution of supplies:

United Way is the philanthropic hub of Logan County. Since 1955, generations of local residents and businesses make their charitable impact through United Way. When you give to United Way, you become a part of a long-standing solution that works to positively influence the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Logan County. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to address the growing needs of our community. No gift is too large or too small, as your contributions of time and treasure unite with those of others to make a difference here at home.