United Way Wants to ‘Stuff the Bus’ with School Supplies

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The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce collected these “Stuff the Bus” supplies.

Keys kids need school supplies like paper, pencils, notebooks and highlighters in order to succeed at their studies. But some kids can’t afford even these basic supplies. That’s why United Way of the Florida Keys and its community partners have launched “Stuff the Bus,” an effort that will hopefully produce truckloads of school supplies to be distributed to all Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West.

Local companies can become sponsors of “Stuff the Bus” by pledging to provide a minimum amount of $ 250 worth of school supplies through a supply drive with their employees or customers, or by making a contribution of $ 250 or more, or a combination of both. Supplies can be collected until August 25th.

“Stuff the Bus” sponsors so far include:  Islamorada Fire Department, Bank of America, Centennial Bank, Community Bank of Florida, Fishermen’s Hospital, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Florida Keys Bar Association, Florida Keys Board of Realtors, Florida Keys Credit Union, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Girls Night Out, Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, Key Largo Rotary, Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Marathon BPW, Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Marathon Rotary, Mariners Hospital and Upper Keys BPW.

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The Florida Keys Board of Realtors collected these “Stuff the Bus” supplies.

Individuals can participate in “Stuff the Bus” by taking school supplies to a sponsor’s business, by making a donation, or by shopping at Publix and buying “Tools for Schools” gift cards at the checkout counter. This Publix promotion will last until August 13th. United Way will purchase additional school supplies for Keys schools based on the money donated by Publix shoppers. For more information on “Stuff the Bus,” call the United Way office at 305-735-1929, or email admin@keysunitedway.org.

About United Way of the Florida Keys

United Way of the Florida Keys is an independent, local 501(c)(3) organization that has been supporting the Keys community for more than 30 years by funding nonprofits Keys-wide that provide critical services to our neighbors in need. Money raised in the Keys stays in the Keys. United Way also plays a unique role in convening the discussion to enable businesses, nonprofits and government to work together to address community needs in our impact areas: access to nutritious food for people in critical need, and early childhood / youth development. For more information, visit www.keysunitedway.org. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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