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‘Stuff the Bus’ tops $16K in value

WILLMAR — The United Way of West Central Minnesota collected more than $16,000 worth of school supplies in its annual “Stuff the Bus” drive.

The agency announced Wednesday in a news release that 8,281 individual items were collected with value of $13,946, plus additional monetary donations of more than $2,500 were received.

School supplies were donated throughout July and August at area business locations and collected on Aug. 16.

The donations will benefit area students in need at the following schools: Willmar, Community Christian School, New London-Spicer, BOLD, St. Mary’s in Bird Island, Central Minnesota Christian School, Litchfield, MACCRAY, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Renville County West and Benson.

Find out more about the United Way of West Central Minnesota at or call the United Way at 320-235-1050.