While you're out doing your back to school shopping, don't forget to pick up a few extra pencils and notebooks for some kids in need. The Annual Stuff the Bus event will be held Thursday, Aug. 7th at Veteran's Memorial Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the event of rain, it will be moved to the Rafters Tented area at Witter Field.
More than 20 local businesses, organizations and churches volunteer to hold school supply drives. If you can't make it to Stuff the Bus event on Thursday, you can also drop off school supplies at any of these places:
Assumption High School and all area Catholic Churches
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nekoosa
Faith Reformed Church, weekday mornings
First English Lutheran Church, Monday-Friday 8am - 4:30pm; Sunday 8am - 11:15am
Harmony Living Centers LLC
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sunday mornings from 8:15 - 11:45am
Morovian Church of Wisconsin Rapids
Nekoosa United Church of Christ, Monday-Friday 9am - 2pm
Paper City Savings
Port Edwards United Methodist Church
South Wood County YMCA - Port Edwards and Wisconsin Rapids locations
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 9am-1pm, Monday-Friday
Town of Rome Municipal Building
The Retirement Community of Nekoosa
United Way of Inner Wisconsin
Items that are especially needed include: backpacks, 1" binders, loose leaf paper, notebooks & folders (plain colored), pencil boxes, pencils, pens, red pens, colored pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, watercolor sets, calculators, pink erasers, pencil top erasers, rulers, compasses, scissors , glue sticks, and glue.
Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks can be written to "Stuff the Bus/Stuff the Desk" and mailed to "Stuff the Bus/Stuff the Desk," c/o United Way of Inner Wisconsin, 351 Oak Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.
All of the donated items will be handed out at the Stuff the Desk event on Saturday, Aug. 16th from 8 a.m. to noon at Lincoln High School. This event is open to children in grades 4k through 12th grade enrolled in Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, Port Edwards School District, Nekoosa Public Schools, and surrounding South Wood County public and parochial schools.
Any family who is in financial need qualifies. If you need supplies you must fill out an application. Applications can be downloaded at the link posted.
For more information on Stuff the Bus and Stuff the Desk, call United Way's 2-1-1.
Volunteers are always needed for the event. If you'd like to help please call the Volunteer Center at 715-421-0390.
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