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Perham community stuffs the bus for kids in need

Each year, United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena counties hosts the Stuff the Bus event. Community members are asked to donate backpacks and basic school supplies, such as scissors, calculators and pencils.

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United Way Coordinator Summer Hammond stands in front of the bus at the Stuff the Buss event on Tuesday, Aug. 3. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

Each year, United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties hosts the Stuff the Bus event. Community members are asked to donate backpacks and basic school supplies, such as scissors, calculators and pencils for kids in need.

This year, Stuff the Bus took place outside of the Perham Area Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Throughout the day, community members were able to spot the yellow bus in the parking lot and drop off any needed supplies.

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Donated backpacks were placed in seats at the Stuff the Bus event by the PACC on Tuesday, Aug. 3 (Elizabeth Vierkant)

United Way Coordinator Summer Hammond, who was at the event, said they received a good amount of supplies.

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If you or someone you know is in need of school supplies, an application to receive the donated supplies is available on the United Way website by Friday, Aug. 6. Hammond said any applications received after Aug. 6 aren't a guarantee.

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School supplies from multiple different places were donated at Stuff the Bus on Tuesday, Aug 3. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

The donated supplies will be given away to those who filled out applications on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham, which is located at 619 Third Ave. SW. This will take place from 4-6 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact Summer Hammond at 218-770-9406 or shammond@uwotw.org.

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