Stuff the Bus reaches 745 students in need

Through the Stuff the Bus Program, the Family Resource Center and United Way of Blair County coordinated donations to provide the tools necessary for students to return to school prepared to learn.

The distribution was held Aug. 8. Community agencies, businesses, churches, clubs and individuals participated by collecting school supplies, facilitating an in-house collection or donating supplies, funds or personal time.

Beckwith Buses donated a bus and driver to help volunteers pick up supplies from participants.

In addition, Forever Broadcasting’s and AMED’s Stuff the Ambulance Christmas in July Back to School Event on July 26 donated its proceeds to Stuff the Bus providing much appreciated donations this year.

Fifty volunteers sorted, packed, organized and distributed school supplies to 745 students kindergarten to grade 12, from all seven Blair County school districts. In addition, assorted supplies were donated to four organizations working with Blair County students.

The United Way of Blair County and its Family Resource Center would like to thank the following for their participation:

Altoona Area Public Library, Altoona District Mission Central HUB, Altoona Sunrise Rotary, AMED, Atlantic Broadband, Beckwith Buses, Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Bishop Guilfoyle Junior High Lady Marauders, Blair County Chapter of PA Retired School Employees, Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships, Blair Family Solutions, Blair Senior Services Inc., Contact Altoona, Faith United Church of Christ, First Energy, Forever Broadcasting, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, IQor, Joshua House Inc., Kohl’s, Kooman & Associates, Lakemont Lion’s Club, M&T Bank, Mountain View Eye, National Highway Institute and Szanca Solutions Inc., Roaring Spring Community Library, Roaring Spring Paper Products, Sheetz, Stuff the Ambulance, UPMC Altoona, Veeder Root, Ward Transport & Logistics LLC and United Way of Blair County and its Family Resource Center.