70,000 school supplies collected for local students

Heart of West Michigan United Way’s annual Stuff the Bus collection drive was a more successful than ever this year. By the end of the day, three buses and a Two Men and Truck vehicle were packed full of notebooks, pencils, rulers, crayons, glue, and other donated school supplies.

In total 74,416 school supplies were donated with an estimated value of $95,000. Employees at Farmers Insurance, alone, collected over 60,000 items.

In addition to Farmers Insurance, over 30 local companies collected donations. More than 60 volunteers from United Way’s Young Leaders Society, Kellogg’s, Farmers, and ARGI helped unpack, sort, count, and repack many of the supplies. Supplies were donated to 20 elementary, middle, and high schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kenowa Hills, Cedar Springs, and Sparta school districts through Kent School Services Network (KSSN).

Stuff the Bus is a collaboration of Heart of West Michigan United Way, KSSN, Dean Transportation, and Two Men and a Truck and sponsored by Molina Healthcare and ChoiceOne Bank.