One of the best parts about getting ready for the new school year is picking out new school supplies, but some local families can’t afford these necessary materials.

A backpack filled with pencils, notebooks, and erasers are just ordinary school supplies to most kids, but to a child in need those few items can be treasured, helping to bridge the gap between fitting in and feeling different.

Stuff the Bus, a school supply drive for local youth in need, will kick off on Tuesday, June 16. United Way will partner with Columbus GA Young Professionals, corporate partners and the community at large to donate, collect, sort and distribute school supplies to hundreds of at-risk youth in Columbus, Phenix City and Russell County.  


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How can YOU help?

There are many ways to help "Stuff the Bus"

  • Sponsor a stuffed backpack for $30 or make a monetary donation to Stuff the Bus here.

  • Donate new back packs and supplies at one of the public drop-off sites

  • Volunteers are needed to help sort the supplies and pack backpacks for distribution. Click here to sign up to volunteer.  

Drop-off sites for supplies from the general public, Monday-Friday:

United Way, 1100 5th Ave. Columbus

Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 1200 6th Ave. Columbus

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 945 Broadway Columbus

Central Activities Center, 1500 14th St., Phenix City

Phenix City Library, 1501 17th Ave, Phenix City (7 days a week)

Urgent Care, 4328 Armour Road, Columbus (open until 8 pm)