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 San Diego Steps Up to Kick Off School Supplies Drive

collage of SDCCU bus, boxes of crayers, glue sticksThe 2018 Stuff The Bus school supplies drive is off to a strong head-start thanks to the generosity of San Diego community members who donated nearly $6,000 over the weekend at San Diego County Credit Union’s (SDCCU) Super Shred Event.

For the fourth straight year, the San Diego County Office of Education’s (SDCOE) Homeless Education Services team is partnering with SDCCU for the Stuff the Bus campaign to benefit the more than 22,000 children experiencing homelessness in the region. SDCCU includes Stuff the Bus in its Super Shred Event, inviting those who are dropping off recycling to make a donation to the school supplies drive. 

On Saturday in the SDCCU Stadium parking lot, SDCOE volunteers collected $5838.34 -- $1,110 more than last year. That's enough to buy 525 backpacks, each filled with two spiral notebooks, two glue sticks, one 24-pack of crayons, one eight-pack of washable markers, one large eraser, one pencil sharpener, one 12-pack of No. 2 pencils, one 12-inch ruler, and two twin-pocket portfolios.

There are many ways to give during the Stuff the Bus campaign, including online now at Donations are welcome in any amount; for example, $10 will provide for the purchase of a backpack or basic supplies kit, while $15 covers the cost of a backpack filled with supplies for an elementary-age student. 

Stuff the Bus officially kicks off July 1, with two SDCCU buses touring the county to collect new, unused school supplies during stops at credit union branches, shopping centers, and partner agencies. In addition, collection bins for donations of new school supplies will be available throughout July at all San Diego County SDCCU branches and select SDCOE locations, including:

  • SDCOE main campus, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego
  • SDCOE Homeless Education Services office, 3878 Old Town Ave., Suite 200, San Diego
  • North County Regional Educational Center, 255 Pico Ave., San Marcos
  • South County Regional Education Center, 800 National City Blvd., National City

In 2017, the campaign collected more than 222,000 new supplies. Organizers are hopeful that they will surpass that this summer. 

“It is powerful to see the generosity of the San Diego community when it comes to helping our most vulnerable students.” said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. “I’m looking forward to seeing even greater results as our Homeless Education Services team and partners at San Diego County Credit Union engage even more donors.”