‘Stuff the Bus’ with United Way

Organization encourages residents to donate school supplies

By Martin Graham - mgraham@civitasmedia.com

Children will be returning to class within a few weeks and United Way of Fayette County is helping them get there with their annual Stuff the Bus campaign.

United Way of Fayette County is encouraging residents to drop off donations of school supplies in collection bins throughout the county. Donations will be distributed to Washington Court House City Schools, Miami Trace Local Schools, Head Start and Starting Gate students. There are plenty of items United Way could use, including number 2 pencils, pocket folders, glue sticks, scissors, school boxes, boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer, 24-count Crayola Crayons, pink erasers, bottle glue, loose leaf paper, three-ring binders, red ink pens, zippered pencil pouches, colored pencils, one-subject spiral notebooks, yellow highlighters, black and blue ink pens, rulers, mechanical pencils and two and three inch three-ring binders.

“To see the appreciation on the face of school administrators when we deliver all these donated school supplies, that is what makes it all worth our hard work,” Debbie Bryant, president of United Way of Fayette County said. “They are the ones who get to pass on the supplies to the children who need them. Those teachers get to see the look in the eyes of a child when he or she receives new crayons, pencils, notebooks, etc. That is why the United Way does Stuff the Bus every year. We are here to ‘live united’ to help our own here in Fayette County.”

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign will run through this Sunday and collection bins can be found at many different locations for the convenience of residents. These include Carnegie Public Library, Court House Chiropractic, Crop Production Services, Fayette County Memorial Hospital, the Fayette County Courthouse, Fifth Third Bank, First State Bank, Four Seasons of Washington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Huntington Bank (the Washington Avenue location), LCNB, Merchants National Bank, the Record-Herald, SugarCreek Packing, Thompson Orthodontics, US Bank, Valero Renewable Fuels, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart DC 7012, the Washington C.H. City Building and YUSA. Additionally, the Walmart Store will host a “Stuff the Bus” event Friday through Sunday (tax-free weekend).

“Remember that what is raised here in Fayette County, stays here in Fayette County,” Bryant said. “The 2016 campaign will kick off next month. We will be funding 30 health and human service programs here in the county in 2017. We will be helping children and the elderly eat a warm meal, helping the homeless find shelter, employees get to work with reliable transportation and families get access to personal care items. Make a donation through your workplace giving campaign or mail a check today in support of our 2016 campaign. Checks can be mailed to United Way, 101 E. East St., Washington Court House, OH 43160. Every dollar counts.”

For more information about United Way of Fayette County, visit its location, email uwfayette@yahoo.com or call (740) 335-8932.

Organization encourages residents to donate school supplies

By Martin Graham


Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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