Stuff the Bus

A crowd holding school supplies at a past Stuff the Bus event.

Stuff the Bus logo

Stuff the Bus is our annual program to bring school supplies to students who are homeless. We work with every public school district in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby to make sure all youth in need receive a backpack filled with all the supplies they need for the school year. For the upcoming school year, we expect to donate roughly 1400 backpacks.

Every school district in the region is required by the state to have a McKinney-Vento Coordinator responsible for tracking and working with students who are homeless in their district. Stuff the Bus provides them a backpack, pencils, paper, pens, art supplies, and more.

A crowd outside a Peter Pan bus at a past Stuff the Bus event

We are glad to accept donations of school supplies for the backpacks, and they can be provided at these locations:

Our main office:
1441 Main Street, Suite 147, Springfield, MA 01103

Chicopee Cupboard:
32 Center Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am-1pm
Wednesdays, 4-6pm

Or if you do not have supplies to donate, we also accept monetary donations:

For more information on Stuff the Bus, contact:

Lee Drewitz

If you don't wish to donate school supplies, we also accept monetary gifts:

Drop-off Locations

Holyoke Mall

50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Upper level: Target

Lower level: Macys

Fontaine Bros.

510 Cottage Street, Springfield

Westfield Gas & Electric

100 Elm Street, Westfield

Bank of America

1724 Boston Road, Springfield

1316 Carew Street, Springfield

638 Memorial Dr, Chicopee

734 Bliss Road, Longmeadow

225 Memorial Ave, West Springfield

40 Lincoln Street, Holyoke

144 Main Street, Northampton

1 S Pleasant Street, Amherst

Balise Auto Group

Balise Chevy-Buick-GMC
440 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield

Balise Ford of Wilbraham
1979 Boston Road, Wilbraham

Balise Honda of West Springfield
400 Riverdale Street, West Springfield

Balise Hyundai
683 E. Columbus Avenue, Springfield

Balise Kia
603 Riverdale Street, West Springfield

Balise Lexus
1385 Riverdale Street, West Springfield

Balise Mazda
733 E Columbus Avenue, Springfield

Balise Nissan of West Springfield
500 Riverdale Street, West Springfield

Balise Toyota
1399 Riverdale Street, West Springfield

Supplies Needed

  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand held pencil sharpeners
  • Pencil cases
  • Composition books
  • Three ring binders (1”)
  • Loose leaf notebook paper
  • Index cards
  • Pocket folders
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Rulers
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Post it Notes

Our Sponsors and Drop-Off Partners