The United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” events will be held across the area Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4.
School supplies will be collected to be donated to children in the area. School buses or donation boxes will be the parking lots of local Walmart stores and those who can are asked to buy an extra pack of supplies, such as pencils, paper, glue or crayons, to donate.
Below is a list of Walmart stores where school supplies can be donated:
Northwest Arkansas (Friday 11 a.m. -8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Siloam Springs Supercenter
Pineville, Mo., Supercenter
Prairie Grove Walmart Express
Gravette Walmart Express
River Valley (Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Paris (Friday only)
Last year, the United Way of Northwest Arkansas was able to raise more than 100,000 school supply items. The United Way of Fort Smith, which serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Sebastian, LeFlore and Sequoyah counties, gathered 38,000 packages of new school supplies to distribute to 24 school districts and partnering agencies.
To kick things off in Northwest Arkansas, Walmart will donate 4,000 backpacks to the United Way and the Samaritan Community Center on Thursday. The backpacks will be stuffed with supplies and distributed at the center to kids from Rogers, Springdale and Gravette. Any remaining supplies will go to 11 local school districts, according to the United Way.