United Way raises more than $22K for local kids during annual Stuff the Bus Drive

Greater Ottawa County United Way is proud to announce that more than $22,000 worth of school supplies and backpacks were collected during their fourth annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The collection took place from July 25 – August 8 at locations throughout Ottawa County.


During the last week in August, backpacks full of school supplies will be distributed to more than 1,000 local students at the Grand Haven and Holland Salvation Army locations. If you know a student in grades K-12 in need of a backpack and school supplies, please contact the Holland Salvation Army at (616) 392-4461 or the Grand Haven Salvation Army at (616) 842-3380.


Stuff the Bus is a collaboration of Greater Ottawa County United Way, The Salvation Army and Grand Haven Area Public Schools. Two Men and a Truck supplies the collection boxes and helps drop off and pick up boxes during the drive.


Companies that hosted public collection sites included: The Holland Museum, Loutit District Library, WHTC Radio, Schreur Printing, Fifth Third Bank and Macatawa Bank. Companies that hosted in-house Stuff the Bus drives included: Loutit District Library, Woodward, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Fifth Third Bank, Macatawa Bank, Flex, Tennant, Davenport University, Holland Museum, WHTC Radio, Community Mental Health of Ottawa County, Grand Haven High School, North Ottawa Community Health System, Department of Health and Human Services, Automatic Spring Products Corp., Schreur Printing and Shape Corporation. Transmatic and West Michigan Molding gave cash donations.


Thank you to our generous local communities for all of the incredible support for the students in Ottawa County.


If you didn’t get a chance to participate and would like to give, donations are still being accepted for Stuff the Bus. Text BUS to 30306.


To learn more, or to get involved, contact United Way’s Director of Volunteerism Shannon LaHaie at (616) 396-7811 x206 or slahaie@ottawaunitedway.org.