Stuff the Bus

stuff the bus backpack & school supply drive
July 19-August 4, 2021

Each year, Greater Ottawa County United Way works with local partners to collect donations of school supplies to provide backpacks filled with classroom essentials to elementary, middle, and high school students from low-income families in our county. Community members and Companies are invited to donate supplies anytime between July 19 - August 4, 2021 and drop-off to any of the below locations.





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Community members are invited to donate school supplies and backpacks for local students at the following 5/3 Bank locations:

Grand Haven: 839 Robbins Rd., Grand Haven MI 49417

Holland 1: 403 Butternut Dr., Holland MI 49424

Holland 2: 757 Michigan Ave Holland MI 49423

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg: 100 3rd St., Ferrysburg MI 49456



Companies can drop off boxes to any of the following locations (AUGUST 5th only) and take a photo with the library to share with staff, and stakeholders:

Coopersville Area District Library: 333 Ottawa St, Coopersville, MI 49404

Loutit District Library: 407 Columbus Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417

Herrick District Library: 300 S River Ave, Holland, MI 49423

*If your company plans to participate in the Stuff the Bus Drive, please register with the form below.



Backpacks and school supplies are needed for elementary, middle school and high school students. Here are the lists of needed supplies:

Elementary*: backpacks,, Clorox wipes, dry erase markers & erasers, scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes, pencils, crayons/colored pencils, washable markers, large erasers, spiral notebooks, 3-ring binders, Post-it notes, composition notebooks, pencil sharpeners, two-pocket folders, pencil top erasers, construction paper, cardstock/tagboard, hand sanitizer,, face masks

Middle School*: backpacks, dry erase markers, Post-it notes, highlighters, 3-ring binders, loose leaf and/or notebooks, erasers, blank notecards, folders, composition notebooks, canvas pencil/supply cases, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, face masks

High School*: backpacks, 3-ring binders, loose leaf and/or notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, Post-it notes, highlighters, markers, erasers, composition notebooks, canvas pencil/supply cases, dry erase markers & erasers, index cards, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, face masks

*Please follow all safety measures required at each donation location


Need a backpack?

At the end of August, Stuff the Bus backpacks full of school supplies will be distributed to local kids in need. 


The Salvation Army in Grand Haven: 616.842.3380

The Salvation Army in Holland: 616.392.4461


Questions? Contact Shannon: or call 616.610.1338.