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10th Annual Stuff the Bus Rallies Community to Support Local Students

July is National Make a Difference to Children Month. Join us in making a positive difference in the lives of local children through our annual school supply drive.

July is National Make a Difference to Children Month, a month dedicated to encouraging adults to make a positive difference in the lives of children. It is during this month of recognition that United Way hosts their annual school supply drive, Stuff the Bus.

By supporting Stuff the Bus, you are saying to every local student, "You matter. Your success matters."

Stuff the Bus is United Way of Franklin County's annual school supply drive, benefitting five local school districts with needed learning tools to help stock classrooms and serve students in need of supplies. Participating school districts include Chambersburg Area, Fannett-Metal, Greencastle-Antrim, Tuscarora, and Waynesboro Area.

Events like Stuff the Bus make a monumental difference in our community, connecting

children and families to needed resources. That’s what we want for the children of Franklin County--for them to grow up safe, healthy, and surrounded by people committed to their success.

And it takes a village--a community--to help our students succeed.

Which is why Stuff the Bus exists; To rally community together, collecting school supplies to help connect students with the tools to learn and succeed. More than 25 local businesses and organizations have signed up as donation collection sites. Volunteers are helping distribute flyers, collect and tally donations, and deliver supplies. Bus drivers are donating their time at community events. And hundreds across the county have already begun donating school supplies.

Are you ready to help us Stuff the Bus?

Here are 5 Ways to Give...

1) Online Registry - Use our Target Registry (search under “Registries” for “United Way of Franklin County”) and ship directly to United Way's address (saved in the registry). To designate your donation to a specific school district, write the name of the district in the “Gift Message” while checking out.

2) Donate Dollars - Monetary contributions to Stuff the Bus will be used by United Way to purchase school supplies that help fill gaps in supplies donated by community. Donate online or mail a check made out to United Way of Franklin County, 182 S. 2nd St., Chambersburg, PA 17201, with "Stuff the Bus" in the memo line.

3) Drop Off Supplies - School supply donations may be delivered through July 31 to the primary community collection sites listed below, or to any of the locations on the collection site map. Please check the business's or organization's operating hours before planning your visit.

Chambersburg - United Way of Franklin Co. - directions

Fannett-Metal - Metal Township Fire Co. - directions

Greencastle - Brio Coffeehouse - directions

Mercersburg - One North Coffee & Bake Shop - directions

Waynesboro - Brio Coffeehouse - directions

4) Upcoming Events - Visit United Way's "Stuff the Bus" school bus at one of these upcoming community events. Bring school supply donations or donate dollars at the events.

July 8 - Greencastle Sidewalk Days, 9am-Noon at Brio Coffeehouse, 112 S. Antrim Way

July 9 - Chambersfest, 8am-Noon at Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St.

July 17 - Mercersburg Food Truck Festival, 11am-2pm at Leidy's Custom Woodworking, 11427 Church Hill Rd.

July 20 - Y Cook Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm at Waynesboro YMCA, 810 E. Main St.

August 11 - Path Valley Parade & Picnic

5) Collect as a Team - Organize a school supply donation drive at work, within your church, through a sports team, or any other kind of community group! Collect donations all month long, then bring the donations to United Way's office on August 1st or 2nd. Simply sign up using this form.

United Way acknowledges the important role caring adults play in a child’s health, safety, and future successes. Research shows that children who have consistent positive adult role models demonstrate significantly improved long-term outcomes, such as higher graduation rates and job stability. We invite you to join us this month, and every month, in supporting children in our communities. Learn more about our efforts to bolster early learning and education at

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