Farmingdale, NJ – United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is now holding its annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive at eight locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean County to meet the growing demand for school supplies needed by children throughout the community. The drive is designed to help ensure that all children begin the school year with the tools they will need to succeed.

“Providing these educational supplies helps support a child’s ability to learn while removing some of the financial burden from both parents and teachers,” says Timothy C. Hearne, President & CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “Donations from the Stuff the Bus drive allow children to focus on their assignments instead of worrying about whether they have the tools to complete them.”

Stuff the Bus events will be held at eight local stores, all from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where shoppers are invited to donate new school supplies to the drive:

Saturday, July 30 – Walmart in Lanoka Harbor

Friday, August 5 – Walmart in Neptune                            

Saturday, August 6 – Walmart in Freehold and Walmart in Manahawkin                     

Friday, August 12 – Boscov’s at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown 

Saturday, August 13 – Walmart in Howell and Walmart in Brick

Sunday, August 14 – Wegmans in Ocean Township

School supplies can also be donated to the drive online through a convenient website called Roonga. Any items purchased through Roonga will be shipped directly to United Way, and most of the needed items can be found on the site. The online drive can be accessed here through August 1 at

In addition to providing an opportunity to donate school supplies, United Way offers volunteers a way to give their time to the drive. Volunteers ages 12 and up are needed at the community events, and also to help count and sort donations through the month of August. Interested volunteers can register by contacting Jackie Liguori at 848-206-2037 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stuff the Bus will be one of the first joint initiatives for United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which was recently formed through a merger of United Way of Monmouth County and United Way of Ocean County. For more information about United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties or the Stuff the Bus drive, please contact Kaarina Romero at 848-206-2042 or visit