United Way’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ collects more than 1,000 back-to-school items
As the summer winds down, the need for school supplies goes up. However, it is a need many children in the New River Valley don’t have the means to meet.
The United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd held its third-annual “Stuff the Bus” event Friday in hopes of meeting that need.
The nonprofit organization parked school buses in front of the Christiansburg locations of Big Lots and Dollar General Market, where they collected school supplies for the entire day.
Justina Sumpter, the group’s marketing and public relations manager, said the one-day effort produced more than 1,300 items and more than $300, which will be distributed to the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, the Floyd County Emergency Assistance Program and the Radford Clothing Bank.
Sumpter said the day’s efforts would be combined with items previously donated at drop boxes throughout the area.
The drop box in front of the Dollar General Market in Christiansburg will remain there throughout the month of August, and people can donate items throughout the year at the United Way’s office on West Main Street in Christiansburg.
Those in need of assistance can contact the charitable group for their location:
- Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program: 381-1561
- Floyd County Emergency Assistance Program: 745-2102
- Radford Clothing Bank: 633-5050
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