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 successful school year.


Donations of new school supplies are accepted year-round!

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

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 in July 2022.


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.

Volunteer registration will open in July 2022.



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 2021 Stuff the Bus Sponsors!

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

Cub Foods

DiaSorin Inc.

Fleet Farm

Verizon Wireless