Dawson County Family Connection Raises Back-to-School Supplies with Annual Stuff the Bus Campaign

School is out for the summer, but local nonprofits like Dawson County Family Connection are already hard at work preparing for the 2022-23 school year. Each year, Dawson County Family Connection’s “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive provides backpacks and school supplies to hundreds of local students, and drives for this year’s drive are already underway.

According to information provided by Family Connection, each year, 350 or more backpacks are distributed to qualified Dawson County students to ensure they are well prepared for success when they return to school.

“When you help fill the bus, you are helping a child enter school on their first day prepared, confident and ready to excel,” the event flyer said.

Each year there are several easy ways for community members to help contribute to Stuff the Bus. This includes ordering items directly online, dropping them off at the Family Connection office or one of the many community bins, and contributing to the collection momentarily.

To order items online, community members can access the Stuff the Bus 2022 Wishlist on Amazon Smile and order from there. Items purchased from the Wish List will be delivered directly to Family Connection. To view or purchase non-wishlist items, go to https://a.co/dQAYddC.

School supplies purchased at local stores can be dropped off at the Family Connection office, located in the Chappell Building at 96 Academy Avenue, next to the voter registration desk. There are also several collection bins located in the community. Current collection bins are set up at Associated Credit Union, Dawson County Health Department and Launch Trampoline Park.

Monetary donations are another way to contribute to Stuff the Bus Drive. These donations can be mailed to Dawson County Family Connection at PO Box 872, Dawsonville, 30534.

Dawson County children who need a backpack to return to school this fall can request one online by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/e/1FAIpQLScFRFyYYnLChiLRbfob4YLWhZ0ep9cCGudHmik6YD4ModWKVw/viewform. Backpack pick-up days will be July 26 in the evening and July 27 in the morning, and July 28 by appointment only. The cost of each backpack is $1, due at time of pickup.

For more information or questions about the Stuff the Bus drive, go to https://dawson.gafcp.org/ or call Dawson County Family Connection at 706-265-1981.

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