Stuff the Bus


The cost of school supplies that comes with sending a child to school can be very expensive. Community Thread and United Way of Washington County – East recognize thimportance of helping all kids succeed by providing them with the basic tools needed to start the year off right; whether that be in-class or through distance learning.

 Below you will find details on how you can help students in the Stillwater Area School District have a great start to the school year.


Drop off new school supplies at Community Thread, 2300 Orleans St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082.

July 6 – August 12, Monday – Friday from 9am-4pm. Click here to view school supplies needed.

Prefer to do your shopping online? 

Use our Stuff the Bus Amazon Wish List to purchase needed supplies.

Drop off new school supplies at the following sites July 6 – August 9.

American Family Insurance | Community Thread | Eckberg Lammers P.C. | Edina Realty, Stillwater | First Resource Bank | First State Bank and Trust | Lake Elmo Bank | MidWestOne Bank | River Market Community Co-op | Sletten and Brettin Orthodontics | Stillwater Motors | The Daily Grind | United Way of Washington County – East | Washington County Public Works

Register for school supplies

Families can receive free school supplies for their children. Supplies will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will open online on July 26 at 9am and close on August 9 at 12pm.

Use the appropriate link below to register for school supplies and no-contact curbside pick-up.


Stuff the Bus allows volunteers to make a difference in many ways. School supplies will need to be sorted and counted, each family’s list for each child needs to be assembled and bagged, and lastly, we will need volunteers to run bags, check in and monitor traffic on the pick up days.

Volunteer as an individual, family or team. Volunteers must be 8 years of age or older for counting and sorting, and 18 years of age or older for supply list shopping & assembling and curbside pick-up.

Volunteers needed August 12 – August 20.

Starting May 18, and following CDC and State of MN guidance, we will no longer require masks in our building.  However, Community Thread along with the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC strongly recommend that anyone who is NOT fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings indoors in businesses and public settings. Here at Community Thread, we know everyone has a different comfort level.  We respect your decision on mask-wearing and ask that you do the same with others. Masks are welcomed. 


Call Community Thread’s Volunteer Center at 651-439-7434 or United Way of Washington County – East at 651-439-3838.

If you would like to make an online donation to Stuff the Bus, click here and designate your donation to Stuff the Bus.

Thank You to our Stuff the Bus Sponsors!

A Special Thank you to our Stuff the Bus In-Kind Sponsors.

Cub Foods

DiaSorin Inc.

Fleet Farm

Verizon Wireless