Each year, Community Thread and United Way of Washington County-East collect school supplies for students in the Stillwater Area School District through their Stuff the Bus campaign. And, each year, the need continues to grow. This year is no exception.

“In just two days of registration we have registered over 50% of the number of households we served last year,” shared Jennifer Kmecik, volunteer center director at Community Thread. “We know this number will continue to rise and are seeking donations to meet the demand.”

Community members can drop off supplies now through August 5 at a number of locations throughout the community including Community Thread, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Eckberg Lammers P.C., First Resource Bank, First State Bank and Trust, Lake Elmo Bank, MidWestOne Bank, Sletten and Brettin Orthodontics, Stillwater Motors, The Zephyr Theatre, and United Way of Washington County-East.

These community minded nonprofits also recognize the unique challenges our families and donors face this year. With the mask mandate and need to stay safe at home, they have created a Stuff the Bus Amazon Wish List to help donors give in the safest way possible.

“We are taking extra measures to ensure we keep donors and families safe during the pandemic,” stated Kmecik. “Donors who prefer to shop online can order from Amazon and have the items shipped directly to Community Thread. We are also registering families for no-contact, curbside pick-up to help ensure the best result possible.”

Top supplies needed include: headphones, calculators, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. In addition, Community Thread is also collecting disposable and handmade masks to distribute to students.

To see a complete list of requested school supplies, find a link to the Stuff the Bus Amazon Wish List or make an online donation, visit www.CommunityThreadMN.org or www.uwwce.org.

The vision of Community Thread is a community where all people are engaged, enriched and connected. To learn more, visit www.CommunityThreadMN.org, or call 651-439-7434.

The vision for United Way of Washington County-East is a caring, engaged and vibrant community, a place where each person has a stable foundation for today, and a hopeful future. To learn more, visit www.uwwce.org or call 651-439-3838.

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