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School supplies drive extends donation hours

BY KATIE PAXTON kpaxton@paducahsun.com

United Way's Stuff the Bus school supplies drive will take place July 19  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at Walmart on Hinkleville Road and Irvin Cobb Drive as well as Kmart on Lone Oak Road. The school supplies are divided among the Paducah and McCracken County school family resource centers.

In the drive's fifth year, United Way is extending the drive's hours to ensure that making donations is easier.

"We collected enough supplies for 375 families last year," said Monique Zuber, the executive director of United Way. "We don't have a set goal for this year, but we are extending our hours and will be at both Walmart locations and Kmart. If people have donations but cannot come on the day of Stuff the Bus, they can drop them off at the main Paducah Bank branch on Jefferson Street."

United Way invites volunteers to help with the collection from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by handing out supply lists to shoppers and sorting the supplies. Volunteers are welcome to work in shifts or participate the entire day.

"We're also extending the day because we had so many volunteers last year that wanted to help," said Zuber.

Businesses are invited to run their own supply drive the week leading up to the event. Businesses can bring the supplies to either Walmart locations or Kmart on July 19. They may also bring donations to McNabb Elementary School's gymnasium on Friday, July 18, between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering or any business willing to host its own supply drive can contact Monica Dolhun at monica@unitedwaypaducah.org.

Contact Katie Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8655.

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