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Fill the Bus

Click above to see our 2014 Stuff the Bus video!

Fill the Bus is an annual event that collects school supplies over one weekend in front of Walmart locations throughout Northwest Arkansas. The supplies are distributed to low-income children who may not have access to school supplies they need.

FILL THE BUS 2015July 24 & 25


What is United Way's Fill the Bus really about?

Sure it is a school supply drive, but it’s not just about pencils and papers. Fill the Bus is about helping every kid in our community start school with the confidence they need. It’s about bringing a smile to the faces of both students and parents. It’s about helping every child succeed.
When it comes to getting school supplies into the hands of children, what this place needs is everyday heroes like YOU!
Join us by volunteering at your local bus, or donating school supplies.
Mobilized by:
Start an office School Supply Drive
Your office can be a prime location to host a school supply drive for kids in need of supplies. It is a central, convenient site to gather school supplies, and a great way to unite the office as colleagues work together for a meaningful cause. Along with helping to ensure kids start school successfully and easing financial burdens for parents, you’ll raise awareness about the critical need for school supplies!
Become a Volunteer
Help United Way and Coca-Cola collect enough school supplies to fill all of our school buses! Every district in Northwest Arkansas needs your help. For more information, please contact Bendi Toland (479) 303-4426.


Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can my child get school supplies? 
    If your child(ren) are in need of school supplies please call our 2-1-1 line to find out more information.
Q. Where do the supplies go?
    Directly to school districts – distributed by school counselors, nurses, and other personnel.
    Company supply drives are being directed to help rural school districts who have high free/reduced meals percentages.
Q. Can I make a donation to go directly towards purchasing school supplies?
    YES! You can click the donate now button on this page, or you can donate cash or gift cards at bus locations during the event.
Q. How do I sign up to volunteer?
    Head on over to our volunteer website at or click the volunteer now button on this page.
Q. I can't participate during the actual event but I would like to host a school supply drive. How should I do that?
    You can download our Fill the Bus toolkit and host a school supply drive at your office.
Q. What stores are participating this year?
  •     Siloam Springs
  •     Bentonville
  •     Fayetteville – MLK
  •     Fayetteville – Mall
  •     Rogers – Pleasant Grove
  •     Rogers – Walnut Street
  •     Huntsville
  •     Springdale
  •     Jane, Missouri
Q. What supplies are most needed?
    Older kid supplies, most people think about crayons and glue for little kids but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks are most needed, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, 3 ring binders, highlighters, scissors.
Q. I'm REALLY passionate about helping kids start school with everything they need. How can I go above and beyond to help out?
    Become a bus champion or get your office involved in a school supply drive that will be connected with a rural school district to provide supplies for underserved children in NWA.