United Way collecting school supplies for low-income kids

Brittany Burley, executive director at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, sorts through the 2018 Stuff the Bus donations. Submitted photo

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The United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk will be host for its second annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive to collect new school materials to help low-income students.

Stuff the Bus runs until Aug. 18.

Items that students need include backpacks, lunch bags, 12-inch rulers, three-ring binders, No. 2 pencils, highlighters, assorted pens, erasers, glue sticks, sharpeners, spiral notebooks, three-hole paper, index dividers, pencil cases, crayons, scissors, scientific and regular calculators.

The most needed and least donated items are backpacks.

Last year, the United Way was able to distribute supplies to over 125 children. This year, over 600 children have been identified as needing support.

The donated school supplies will help students of all ages.

“We are blown away by the generosity of our local communities through the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Stuff the Bus campaign,” Alison High, principal of Valley Heights Secondary School in Langton, said in a news release.

“Your donations will help so many students through the year. Thank you.”

Donation bins in the Norfolk area can be found in Superstore, Staples and all branches of Norfolk County public libraries. In the Haldimand area, donation bins can be found in Zehrs, Haldimand County Public Library (Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis), and both Giant Tiger locations.

Workplaces that would like to collect supplies or make a cash donation should contact United Way at 519-426-5660, email info@unitedwayhn.on.ca, or visit their website at unitedwayhn.on.ca.