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United Way Collects School Supplies for ‘Stuff the Bus’

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UPDATE: Stuff the Bus raised $56,000 in school supplies this year, with donations up nearly 80 percent from last year.


The annual Stuff the Bus charity event in the Shenandoah Valley is ready to get rolling.

The United Way of Greater Augusta is collecting school supplies at the Staunton and Waynesboro Walmart stores on a weekend when school supplies are tax-free.

Organizers are asking for notebooks, pens, glue sticks, etc. to help families in need during this often-expensive time of year. Backpacks, a more expensive item, are in highest demand.

"There's a lot of kids in our area whose families are struggling financially. So it's really important that they have these supplies so it becomes luxury verses a necessity when you're deciding between food and supplies," said Cynthia Pritchard, CEO of United Way of Greater Augusta.

The event runs all weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The United Way will deliver the supplies Tuesday to guidance offices in area schools.

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