United Way of Greater St. Joseph has announced successful results to its seventh annual “Stuff the Bus!” school supplies drive.

Residents from St. Joseph and the surrounding area donated 23,234 school supply items Friday and Saturday. Additionally, community members donated nearly $1,800 to allow United Way to purchase supplies that were not donated.

North Belt Walmart totaled $1,243 worth of supplies for both days combined, representing 5,266 supplies on Friday and 4,662 items collected on Saturday. South Belt Walmart collected $478.54, plus a $50 gift card. There were 4,446 supplies for Friday and 3,050 on Saturday.

The collected school supplies will be distributed through United Way partner agencies and programs, including the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Back-to-School Fair equips children with the supplies they need and might not otherwise had to start the school year.

Employees from American Family Insurance collected 5,810 items from an internal drive. A $500 donation was received from Chiefs’ Association at the 139th Airlift Wing.

Families who may need assistance with school supplies collected from this year’s drive are encouraged to call The Salvation Army at 232-5824.

“Stuff the Bus!” is a project of the United Way Volunteer Center.

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