Family Resource Center launches Stuff the Bus school supply campaign

Courtesy photo Volunteers from the PA Association of School Retirees, Blair County Chapter, are shown at last year’s Stuff the Bus.

Program seeks volunteers, collection sites and recipients

The Family Resource Center at United Way of Blair County has announced its ninth annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply campaign.

School supplies collected will benefit students in Blair County schools.

Stuff the Bus is a community-wide effort to collect items needed for students to succeed in school.

Local businesses, agencies, clubs and churches conduct in-house collections by their employees or members or act as donation sites for the community.

Stuff the Ambulance donated their items to the Stuff the Bus program for the past two years helping the program reach even more students.

Last year through generous donations of supplies, Blair County helped 1,150 students, who otherwise may not have been able to afford materials, go to school with the items to succeed.

Donation sites and participants to help with the collection, sorting and distribution and are currently being recruited by calling the Family Resource Center at 941-7711.

Donations will be accepted until Aug. 3.

On Aug. 4, volunteers from the Family Resource Center and United Way will pick up items at the various locations.

Volunteers will sort and pack the items for distribution.

Distribution will be on Aug. 10 at the Family Resource Center at United Way, 5414 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

Parents and area agencies may register children beginning July 3 by calling 941-7711.

An appointment is necessary to receive supplies.