United Way of Greater Union County’s (UWGUC) inaugural “Stuff the Bus” campaign in partnership with local corporations and volunteers helped to make the start of the school year bright for a number of children in the county. United Way staff and volunteers from Deloitte & Touche stuffed, packed and distributed over 200 backpacks filled with pencils, markers, notebooks, folders and more to the children of Homefirst and Board of Education Family Success Centers in Plainfield, Jefferson Park Ministries Family Success Center in Elizabeth and The Connection for Children and Families in Summit.

Local corporations and individuals including: Actavis in Elizabeth, Costco in Union, G & W Labs in South Plainfield, JOM Pharmaceuticals in Somerset, Linde, Macy’s in South Plainfield, Nustar, Target in Union, Tempil/ITW in South Plainfield,  Total Lubricants, Williams Gas in Linden, Paul and Nancy Dango Cranford residents and Michelle Marlow of St. Luke & All Saints Episcopal Church in Union all made contributions of both cash and supplies that valued at over $7,800.

In addition to the support of UWGUC’s corporate partners, Villani Bus Company, located in Linden, donated a school bus and driver to help deliver the backpacks to the four drop-off locations.

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“United Way is pleased to see the reception we received for our first annual Stuff the Bus campaign and look forward to doing it again next year,” said James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “The strong level of support our Union County community shows for our youth and the value of education is tremendous. The contributions made were greatly appreciated by the students and their families.”

For more information about United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign and how you can get involved next year, contact us at 908-353-7171.