Volunteers Prepare to Pass Out Free School Supplies

By Sean Everson | severson@kq2.com

Published 08/04 2014 04:40PM

Updated 08/04 2014 09:28PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Hundreds of kids will be able to head back to school this year with everything they need for the first day of class.

Donations poured into the United Way's Stuff the Bus drive this weekend.

On Monday, volunteers went to work, filling bags with the donated pens, pencils, and notebooks. Even with an assembly line of 50 volunteers, it took several hours to get the supplies ready.

"This is a lot of work, but when you see that little kid come out with that smile on their face, you know you've done a good thing," said LeeAnn Hobson, Salvation Army.

Some volunteers are surprised at how generous people have been.

"More than I was expecting because I just didn't expect that many people to help out, but it's nice that they can come together and help the community," said Tyler Vos, volunteer.

There are enough supplies for more than 700 students. Families registered in advance to receive supplies. And, those who have been a part of this drive for years, know how big of an impact this makes.

"I was that parent and you know what, I made my budget so we didn't have a lot, but I stretched it. We're here. That's what we're here for," added Hobson.

The supplies will be given to children, kindergarten through 12th grades, during the Salvation Army's back to school fair on Thursday.  Supplies are sorted by grade level to match the needs for each school.

The United Way collected nearly 24,000 items over the weekend during Stuff the Bus.

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