Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus Campaign Helps Students Be Ready to Succeed in School

Stuff the Bus is a community-wide effort to collect supplies and backpacks needed for students to succeed in school. In 2009, United Way of Blair County's Local Education and Resource Network identified a local need - some families were struggling to stretch their budgets to purchase back-to-school clothing and the supplies needed to start the school year. The group reached out to local businesses, agencies, clubs, and churches asking them to conduct in-house collections by their employees or members or act as public donation sites for the community.  The “Stuff the Bus” school supply campaign was a success right from the beginning. School supplies collected are distributed to students in Blair County school districts and early learning programs.

In the past ten years, through generous donations of supplies, Blair County helped over 6000 preschool and school age children, who otherwise may not have been able to afford materials, go to school prepared to succeed. Beckwith Buses provides a bus to travel throughout the County, collecting the supplies from participating businessess.

Eligibility:  Kindergarten through Grade 12 student in Blair County. Need in the family for help with school supplies. Must provide parent or guardian name, child’s age, gender and grade entering. 


DONATION NEEDS: Back Packs, Pencil Boxes, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Folders, Notebooks, Notebook Paper, Construction Paper, Glue Sticks, Kid’s Scissors, Erasers, Rulers, Scissors 

REGISTER TO RECEIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES: July 1 - Ausgust 5 by calling (814) 317-5108 x301 to schedule your appointment.

SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTIONS: July 1 - August 1 at the following locations:

Altoona Area Public Library 

1600 5th Avenue, Altoona

Bellwood-Antis Public Library

526 Main Street, Bellwood


2729-8th Avenue, Altoona

Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

1 Furnace Road, Hollidaysburg


431 E 25th Avenue, Altoona

Joshua House, Inc.

926 Logan Ave., Tyrone

M&T Bank

301 W. Plank Road, Altoona

Mountain View Eye

1418-11th Avenue, Altoona

United Way of Blair County/Family Resource Center

208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncansville