Local shoppers stuff the bus

Sharon Probasco hands a United Way flyer to a shopper Saturday at Dillons. Probasco and her son, Michael Probasco (right), collected donations for local students during United Way's Stuff the Bus campaign.

Volunteers were hustling at a couple local businesses Saturday to acquire funds and materials for local students.

The United Way of Junction City—Geary County kicked off its 10th annual Stuff the Bus campaign Saturday. Volunteers were stationed at Dillons and Walmart to collect donations from local shoppers. Sharon Probasco operated a table at Dillons with her son, Michael Probasco, who made a trip south from his home in Chariton, Iowa, to help out with the campaign.

“All the stuff we get goes to the school district to help students get supplies, so the students don’t have to worry about getting supplies,” Sharon said. “We’re trying to ease that burden for them.”

Those who did not visit either donation locations Saturday can still donate by dropping items off at the United Way office, which is located at 139 E. Eighth St. in Junction City. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All items will be donated to students within Unified School District 475. Items that are greatly needed include backpacks, binders, black dry-erase markers, disinfecting wipes, composition books, hand sanitizer, facial tissue, sticky notes and earbuds or headphones.

Volunteers will be at Dillons and Walmart again July 20 and July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sharon said shoppers were very helpful Saturday.

“We’ve got quite a few people donating cash and dropping stuff off,” Sharon said.

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