United Way of Junction City-Geary County is still looking for school supplies for local students.

Nichole Mader, executive director of the local United Way, said Monday afternoon that boys backpacks and headphones are specific areas of need.

“We have lots of pink (backpacks),” she said. “We’re overflowing with pink.”

Mader said headphones in particular are something that a lot of people don’t realize is necessary for the classroom in 2019.

“I wasn’t required to have headphones in school,” she said. “Nowadays, most of their stuff done on tablets. They need headphones to do tests and homework.”

The local organization kicked off its 10th annual Stuff the Bus campaign earlier this month.

So far, Mader said the United Way has received about 6,000 to 7,000 items and $1,000 in donations.

“We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not giving up,” she said.

Mader said the organization added another donation event to help with supply gathering. It will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart.

Other items that are “greatly needed” include three-ring binders (2 inches and 3 inches), black dry erase markers, disinfecting wipes, pencils, hand sanitizer (8 ounces), facial tissue and 3-inch-by-3-inch sticky notes.

Mader said the organization’s adopt-a-backpack program also still needs sponsors for about 20 of the 62 kids signed up.

She said Aug. 8 is the deadline for making purchases for that program.

“We have two weeks to get help for 20 kiddos,” she said. “I’m optimistic we can do it.”

Mader said the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 139 East Eighth St. in Junction City. She said people can stop by if they want to volunteer, donate or adopt a backpack.

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