“Stuff the Bus” campaign underway

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students from across western Massachusetts will be back to school in about a month’s time, but not everyone is able to afford the essentials they need for class. With that in mind, the United Way of Pioneer Valley is asking local residents to “Stuff the Bus” to help children in need.

The organization is hoping to get enough supplies to fill about 1,500 backpacks, which will be distributed to homeless children in area communities. The United Way will be collecting the supplies inside an antique Peter Pan bus, which will be making stops at Walmart and Target stores from now through August 9.

Dora Robinson, Executive Director of the United Way, told 22News that the program began four years ago, and it has been a great success; helping numerous area children. She told 22News the Stuff the Bus drive has been a morale booster for the less fortunate.

“The youngsters and their mom walking away with a brand new backpack; parents are so happy that people are so generous,” Robinson said.

For a complete listing of the drop-off locations for this campaign, visit uwpv.org.

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