DID YOU KNOW?…Many children look forward to arriving on the first day of school with new notebooks, backpacks and pencil boxes, but it’s a different story for children whose families can’t afford these items. On July 26 and 27, United Way of Fort Smith Area is asking you to help them stuff a bus full of supplies to be donated to children in the six-county area it serves. Donations of new school supplies will be accepted at area Wal-Mart stores. Look for the school bus!

If everyone could pick up some of the items listed on the school supply list on their way to the checkout and drop it by the bus, it would make a huge difference to kids in need when classes begin. Volunteers will be staffing the buses to assist patrons who wish to donate supplies. A complete list of suggested items will be given to you as you enter the store.

In 2012, more than 44,000 packages of new school supplies were collected. The donated items were given to school districts and United Way partner agencies. Not only do the donated supplies help children with their studies, having a new backpack or notebook can really help raise a child’s self-esteem. Feeling good about themselves and having the tools they need to complete their schoolwork really helps children get off on the right foot as they start a new school year.

A school bus will be located at Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith , Greenwood, Ozark, Paris, Poteau, Van Buren and Sallisaw Wal-Mart locations on July 26 from 9 am to 9 pm and July 27 from 9 am to 1 pm. Your donation will make a difference in a child’s life.

For more information, contact Cortney Christenson, Stuff the Bus Coordinator at 479-782-1311 or imagine@mynewroads.com.

The United Way of Fort Smith Area serves Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. Through the generosity of our donors United Way is able to provide funding to 33 community partner agencies in our six-county area.