Nick McWilliams reporting – School children in need will get a helping hand with supplies with the fifth annual Stuff the Bus event.

Hosted by the United Way of Tuscarawas County and HARCATUS Head Start, the charitable collection effort will be at the New Philadelphia Walmart from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., during Ohio’s Tax-Free Weekend on August 5th and 6th.

Community Resources Coordinator Susan Reidenbach says that this year collections will focus mostly on preschool-aged children.

“They are looking for things like Pull-Ups, wipes, and things that might be a little pricier than your typical back-to-school supplies. But they’re also looking for washable markers, glue sticks, and Kleenex. If you’re giving a family a list of eight to 10 items, and especially nowadays, those could add up to $20 or $30 per child.”

Donations will still be accepted for all grade levels.

For residents unable to attend the collection event, boxes are also located at Parkway Auto Group dealerships, McInturf Realty, Battle Motors, Edward Jones-Kiley and Mitch Kendall, First Federal Community Bank, and Novogradac.

A full list of needed items can be found at

Monetary donations will also be accepted.

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