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Stuff the Bus campaign wraps up

Posted: 3:40 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 02:41:17-04
‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign helps children prepare to go back to school

An annual campaign to collect school supplies for local students has wrapped up and United Way says it appears Stuff the Bus was another success.

In San Luis Obispo County, organizers say 121 volunteers worked a total of 343 hours at five locations Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

While they have yet to count the supplies brought in, they say $1,650 was donated in cash and gift cards.

In Santa Barbara County, final numbers are also still being totaled but United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County says in Lompoc alone, 101 boxes were "stuffed."

Etna Interactive in San Luis Obispo also donated to the campaign .

Every year, the company holds a competition to see who can donate the most items to Stuff the Bus.

The staff is divided into four teams with each having to decorate a drop-off box.

The teams are judged on the most items donated and given extra points for how many backpacks are collected.

One Etna Interactive employee says they are always thrilled to be a part of this event, and that it is a joy to know the impact this will have on the children.

Many students across the Central Coast head back to the classroom this week.