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“Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive Kicks Off Saturday

SCHOOL-SUPPLIESSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The United Way of Pioneer Valley has kicked off their annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive!  The school supplies collected will benefit children in need in Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield and West Springfield.

Volunteers from the United Way will be set up from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the Upper Level near Target at the Holyoke Mall starting Saturday July 13 and continuing every Saturday thereafter straight through August 3.

In addition,the Holyoke Mall will be collecting school supplies the entire month of July at the Customer Service Center on the Lower Level near Sears.

Supplies that are needed include:

Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Pencil Boxes, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, Highlighters, Notebooks, Reusable Water Bottles, Markers, Rulers, 3-Ring Binders, Lined Paper and Individual Tissue Packs.

The UWPV has already obtained brand new backpacks and will be collecting new supplies only. Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional backpacks and supplies as needed. Contributions may also be made online by clicking here.

General Manager, Bill Rogalski says, “Holyoke Mall is extremely pleased to support and host this essential campaign. It’s hard to imagine being a child on your first day of school and not having new pencils, crayons or a notebook. Events such as this give shoppers and mall employees the chance to give what they can, even if it’s just a package of pencils, to help make a difference in the future of a child’s education.”

After the collection drive and the Peter Pan buses have been “stuffed,” volunteers from United Way of Pioneer Valley will distribute the filled backpacks to the children.

For more information and for drop off locations as they become available, visit the Stuff the Bus page at www.uwpv.orgwww.peterpanbus.com or call United Way of Pioneer Valley at (413) 737-2691.