Genesis Launches 2nd “Pack the Bus” School Supply Drive - Genesis Health System

Published on July 15, 2020

Pack the bus with school supplies

Genesis “Pack the Bus’’ Drive Will Benefit Area Families

It’s time to shop for school supplies to support a great cause benefiting area students and their families.

Genesis Health System debuted “Pack the Bus’’ last year as part of the Genesis celebration of 150 years of health services, but beyond the anniversary year, the need still exists and is greater than before for some families.

School supplies collected during Pack the Bus drive

Pack the Bus 2019

“This has been a disruptive year in our families with loss of jobs and income, furloughs, anxiety about what may come and changes in school routines. We are hopeful that the Genesis ‘Pack the Bus’ campaign can assist families and the schools again this year,” said Shirley Gusta, director of the Genesis Business Intelligence Center, who is coordinating the Genesis volunteer effort.  “There is never enough funding 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. This effort could mean a lot to families that may be struggling more this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Last year, the “Pack the Bus” team collected items and assembled thousands of school supplies into 136 boxes and delivered them to 10 school districts. The effort was so successful and well received by the school districts the decision was made to “Pack the Bus” again.

“None of us could have imagined the tremendous response we received from our Genesis employees and community,” said Gusta. “This year, we anticipate the needs of families and school districts will be even greater because of the many challenges brought by COVID-19.”

School Bus Collections

Donations will be collected at school buses parked at these locations beginning Aug. 3:

Supplies will be collected each day between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the public will be encouraged to give at these locations. Social distancing and infection prevention will be practiced at each collection site. 

Here are suggested items being requested by the schools:


Facial Tissues

Dry Erase Markers

#2 Pencils & Pencil Boxes


Bleach Wipes

Glue Sticks

Washable Markers

Hand Sanitizer

Spiral Notebooks – Wide Lined

Liquid Glue (Elmer’s)


Colored Pencils

Art Brushes

Binders (3-Ring)

2-Pocket Folders (Plastic or Paper)

Table Top Easels

Individual Pencil Sharpeners

Red Ink Pens

Scotch Tape

Tabbed Dividers for 3 Ring Binders

Zip Lock Bags

Loose-Leaf Notebook Paper

Note Cards

Mechanical Pencils

AAA Batteries

Headphones (not earbuds).

Backpacks (girl/boy/generic)

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