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United Way of Franklin County Launches Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ School Supply Drive

United Way of Franklin County has announced the return of its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign, running from July 15 to July 31, 2024. This initiative aims to collect school supplies for students across all five school districts in the county.

Community members can contribute in several ways:

  1. Monetary Donations: Monetary gifts are crucial as they allow United Way to purchase specific supplies most needed. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to United Way of Franklin County at 182 S. 2nd St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Donors should write “Stuff the Bus” in the memo line of their checks.
  2. Supply Drop-offs: Physical school supplies can be dropped off at the United Way office from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or at various collection sites listed on United Way’s collection site map. Potential donors are urged to verify the operating hours of their chosen drop-off location.
  3. Online Registry: Those preferring online shopping can use United Way’s Target Registry to send items directly to the organization. To allocate donations to a specific school district, contributors can add the district’s name in the “Gift Message” section during checkout.
  4. Community Events: Details for 2024 community events where the United Way school bus will be present to collect donations are yet to be determined. These events offer a chance for community interaction and direct contribution of school supplies or funds.
  5. Team Collections: United Way encourages local businesses, churches, sports teams, and other groups to organize their own collection drives throughout July. Collected items can be delivered to United Way’s office on August 1st or 2nd. Interested groups can sign up to become a public collection site as well.

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign provides a significant boost in resources for students in need, ensuring they are well-prepared for the new school year with the necessary supplies.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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