Residents asked to ‘Stuff A Bus’

By Jennifer Peryam -

OTTAWA — The United Way of Putnam County will be holding its Stuff A Bus event to collect school supplies for children in need when they return to school.

The event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Ottawa Walmart.

Volunteers will provide school supply lists to customers and they will be able to shop for students who are in need of school supplies.

Public donation boxes began July 1 and currently are at Walmart in Ottawa. Other donation sites are Meadows of Ottawa, Putnam County Library, First Federal and First National Bank and Fortman Insurance.

Jan Fuetter, United Way of Putnam County executive director, said this is the 16th year for the event.

A Back to School Giveaway Day will be held Aug. 12 at the Putnam County Educational Service Center. The event is by invitation for students preschool through 12th grade. In May, letters were sent to the local schools and organizations to determine who will receive the school supplies.

There were 311 students served last year in Putnam County. Suggested items include ruled index cards, book covers, folders, colored pencils, crayons and erasers. Non-traditional items such as Ziploc bags, tissues and disinfectant wipes are also needed.

“Through the agencies we partner with, we found out that there was a need and that families could not afford school supplies,” Fuetter said.

United Way has contacted businesses and organizations since June to get volunteers and school supply donations.

This weekend, Putnam County YMCA will have its first YMCA Outdoor Pool Stuff The Bus Weekend Admittance to Leipsic, Columbus Grove and Ottawa pools is one school supply per person. Suggested items include binders, Clorox wipes, pencil cases, index cards, a box of tissues and new or gently used backpacks. The event is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Leipsic Pool, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Columbus Grove Pool, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ottawa Pool.

The Y manages the pools and there is a lot of summer left, but children are already talking about going back to school, said Aaron Baumgartner, Putnam County YMCA executive director.

“We decided to tie in summer fun with the impending school year. This helps the students get ready for school,” Baumgartner said.

By Jennifer Peryam

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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