Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

United Way of Pioneer Valley Teams Up With Peter Pan Bus Lines, Six Flags New England, Health New England and Others For the Annual Stuff the Bus Program

School Supply Drive to benefit children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield and South Hadley

United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will launch the annual Stuff the Bus campaign with a press conference event on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. outside the Target store at the Holyoke Mall. The campaign will be collecting new school supplies from July 28 - August 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield and South Hadley.

“All children in our community deserve to enter school feeling confident, proud, and equipped to learn. Yet in our community, hundreds of children are without homes,” Remarks United Way President Jim Ayers. “United Way and our supporters want to ensure that these most vulnerable children return to school with what they need: their own unique backpack, new supplies, and a symbolic message from our community that we care deeply about them and recognize their potential.”

Individuals are encouraged to donate the following age-appropriate supplies: No. 2 pencils, erasers, binders, paper, crayons, highlighters, pencil boxes, pens, glue sticks, rulers, two-pocket folders, one-subject notebooks.

From July 28 through August 16, 2017, donations can be brought to either:

United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1441 Main Street, Suite 147, Springfield MA

Monday through Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Western Mass News, 1300 Liberty Street, Springfield MA

Monday through Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Balise Kia, 603 Riverdale Street, West Springfield MA

Monday through Sunday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

On August 16th Only / Six Flags National Roller Coaster Day:

Donors who provide 6 to 19 items will receive a $20.17 coupon toward Main Gate Admission at Six Flags New England. Those who provide 20 or more items will receive a free ticket. This concludes the campaign, where donations can be made in conjunction with National Roller Coaster Day.

“Six Flags New England is honored to help the United Way and support their annual school supply drive as we help keep kids on track. Last year our property collected well over 7,000 items, and our mission is to exceed that for this upcoming school year,” said Six Flags New England Communications Manager, Jennifer McGrath.

Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional backpacks and supplies as needed. Contributions may be made online by clicking on our “Donate” button at www.uwpv.org.

This project would not have been possible without a generous financial donation from Health New England (www.healthnewengland.org) generous support from Peter Pan Bus Lines and Six Flags New England.  Other sponsors include: Holyoke Mall, Western Mass News, Comcast, UTC Aerospace Systems-Machinists Union Local 743, Excel Dryer, Harry Grodsky & Co. Inc., The UWPV Women’s Leadership Council, Sir Speedy, and MedExpress. 

Community Partners include:  Balise Kia, AAA of Pioneer Valley, Berkshire Bank, Bank of America, Placon Packaging Corporation, C&S Wholesale Grocers, The South Hadley Council on Aging, and The O’Connell Companies.

For more information, please visit the Stuff the Bus page at www.uwpv.org/stuff-bus, www.peterpanbus.com or call United Way of Pioneer Valley at (413) 693-0236.

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