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 in class.

In 2021, Stuff the Bus served 464 students attending school within the Stillwater Area School District (a 39% increase from 2020.) Although the majority of students served were in elementary school, 220 students in middle school and high school received supplies as well. In all, 203 households were served by the program (a 31% increase from 2020).

This year, we expect the number of families seeking help to increase once again. Thanks to the generosity of organizations, individual donors, and sponsors in the St. Croix Valley, we are optimistic that we will be able to serve all families who come to us for support.

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

Click here for a list of school supplies that can be donated.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for this year’s Stuff the Bus initiative!

The Stuff the Bus Sponsorship Packet is available here. Please contact Cathleen Hess, Development & Communications Director at or 651-439-7434 if you have additional questions.


Donations of new school supplies will be collected July 5 – August 8. Drop off new school supplies at Community Thread, 2300 Orleans St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082.

New school supplies are also being collected at these businesses:

Align Optimal Wellness (402 N Main St Ste #350, Stillwater)

American Family Insurance (1330 Frontage Road West, Stillwater)

Bell Bank (13999 60th Street North Suite 4, Oak Park Heights)

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (1460 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater)

Cub Foods (1801 Market Drive, Stillwater)

Daily Grind (217 Main Street North, Stillwater)

Eckberg Lammers P.C. (1809 Northwestern Avenue, Stillwater)

Edina Realty (14430 60th Street North, Stillwater)

First Resource Bank (1946 Washington Avenue, Stillwater)

First State Bank and Trust (5891 Neal Avenue North, Oak Park Heights)

Guardian Angels Church (8260 4th Street North, Oakdale)

Lake Elmo Bank (1937 Greeley Street, Stillwater)

MidWestOne Bank (2270 West Frontage Road, Stillwater)

Optimal Life Chiropractic (1051 Helmo Avenue North, Oakdale)

Sletten Orthodontics (1820 Market Drive Suite B, Stillwater)

Stillwater Motors (5900 Stillwater Blvd, Stillwater)

The Zephyr Theatre (601 Main Street N, Stillwater)

United Way of Washington County-East (1825 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater)

US Bank – Oakridge Branch (6001 Stillwater Blvd, Stillwater)

Vitality Chiropractic (324 5th Avenue North, Bayport)

Woodbury Church of Christ  (4920 Woodbury Dr, Woodbury)


Click here to view the supply list.

Prefer to do your shopping online? 

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


Register for school supplies

Due to a record number of requests for school supplies, registration for Stuff the Bus is CLOSED. To add your children’s name to the waitlist, please visit one of these links:

The waiting list has been created so we can fill family’s school supply lists as donations come in. This is first come first served.

You will be contacted if we are able to fill some of your children’s lists. At that point, we will set up a pickup date for you.


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 July 11. Visit the volunteer page for more information!



Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Stuff the Bus campaign!

Services, Resources and Information for Foundations, Corporations, Individuals and Families (SRI) Woodbury Fulfillment Center

Afton Bayport Lakeland Lions Club


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.