School Supply Drive to Stuff Charter Bus

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville) The summer is here, but before you know it, it will be time once again for pencils, pens, notebooks and backpacks: it will be time to go back to school. Yet, not everyone will have the supplies they need for that all-important time, so Desert Communities United Way is helping out once again.

For the third consecutive year, the Desert Communities United Way is holding a School Supply Drive, which is now in full swing. Supplies needed include pencils, pens, loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks and backpacks among others. The supplies are gathered and “stuffed” into an Ebmeyer Charter Bus on Friday, July 29th, at the Scandia Family Fun Center in Victorville. The goal this year is to give supplies to 1,000 children in the High Desert, beating out last year’s 800.

DCUW’s Volunteer Coordinator Suzy Leanos created this event three years ago, when the supplies were stuffed into a limo. With such a great response from the community over the years, the limo could no longer hold all the donations, so a bus was brought in instead. All the supplies go directly to the children that need them, rather than the schools and teachers. “The school supplies go to local non profits, like the Homeless Shelter, One 2 One Mentors, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army: all our non-profits that serve children. “ said Leanos.

Donations of supplies or monetary donations can be brought to the event on July 29th, from 8am-11am, or can be dropped off at any Desert Community Bank location. If you would like more information on this event, you can contact Suzy Leanos at (760) 242-5370 or visit the Desert Communities United Way website at

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