Pack the Bus 2022

Pack the Bus

Genesis Launches 4th Annual School Supply Drive Benefiting Area Students

It's time to go school supply shopping. Once again, Genesis Health System is gathering school supplies for area students. Many families continue to face financial challenges this year due to COVID-19 and rising costs from inflation.

Help Genesis “Pack The Bus’’ at three hospital campuses and at North Scott Foods in Eldridge beginning Aug. 1 and ending Aug. 4.

School buses will be parked and will accept items on:

  • Monday, Aug. 1 at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport, in the parking lot between the Heart Institute and Edgerton building;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, on the north side/West Central Park Avenue parking lot, near the atrium;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, in the corner of the Main Parking Lot;
  • Thursday, Aug. 4 at North Scott Foods, Eldridge.

Supplies will be collected each day between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Infection prevention and social distancing will be practiced. Donations can also be made by texting PACKTHEBUS to 41444 or online.

“There is never enough funding these days for schools to provide everything students need. We hope our own Genesis employees and the general public can help fill some of the gaps in supplies,’’ said Shirley Gusta, who is coordinating the Genesis volunteer effort. 

On average, it costs $110 to provide the required school supplies for one child. For many young families with more than one child, those funds are simply out of reach. Your charitable gift for the Genesis Pack the Bus program readies kids for a successful school year.

In 2020, Pack the Bus collected a grand total of 10,355 items with an estimated value of contributions at $19,200! In comparison, our 2019 results were estimated value of $10,241 and 7,820 items collected.

In 2021, the drive collected 9,136 items with a total estimated value of contributions of $17,135.

The students, families, and teachers truly appreciate the support they receive through our Pack the Bus event. We want each and every student to start their school year knowing they have the supplies they need!

Pack the Bus 2022 School Supply List

Here are items being requested by the schools:

  • AAA Batteries
  • Art Brushes
  • Backpacks (girl/boy/generic)
  • Binders (3-Ring)
  • Bleach Wipes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Facial Tissues
  • 2 Pocket Folders (Plastic or Paper)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Headphones, No Ear Buds
  • Highlighters
  • Liquid Glue – Elmers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • #2 Pencils & Pencil Boxes
  • Individual Pencil Sharpeners
  • Note Cards
  • Ink Pens
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Spiral Notebooks – Wide Lined
  • Tabbed Dividers for 3 Ring Binders
  • Washable Markers
  • Ziplock Bags