Annual “Stuff the Bus” event to provide school supplies for homeless students

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The Pioneer Valley United Way has begun stuffing a Peter Pan bus with school supplies for homeless children. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno got the drive rolling on Friday with a $250 gift from the city of Springfield. 

Veteran Service Department employees donated pencils and ballpoint pens that will help fill 2,200 donated backpacks for homeless children. 

“The people that give are usually the people that sometimes are in the same position,” said Emily Potter, marketing and customer service coordinator for Peter Pan Buses. “You have people that don’t have much giving as much as they can.” 

The stuffed backpacks will be distributed to children on August 23.

Here are some of the supplies that can be donated at the event:

  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Glue sticks
  • Handheld pencil sharpeners
  • Pencil case (for binders)
  • Pencil boxes
  • Composition books
  • Three Ring Binders (1 inch )
  • Loose- leaf notebook paper
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Index Cards
  • Pocket Folders
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Rulers (English & Metric Measurements)
  • Calculators
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Post-it Notes

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