$25 helps one child with all the supplies they need to start the school year.
Any amount is appreciated.
Purchase school supplies and drop off at the 
United Way office at 116 S. Canyon
100% of all donations made to Stuff the Bus go towards this progran and are tax deductible. 


In 2019, the United Way of Eddy County Stuff the Bus distributed almost 800 Backpacks to Kids in need!

Congratulations to the many volunteers who gathered to collect school supplies and who volunteered to distribute backpacks in 2019. Thanks to our generous donors, students around South Eddy County received backpacks filled with the supplies needed for success in school.   We worked with a local non profit that outfits our children with clothing so that our children entered the first day of school with a new outfit and school supplies.  

Why is This Important?

In 2019, there were more than 250 students in South Eddy County who were homeless, and about 550 students who were financially vulnerable. Stuff the Bus helped these children, and many others, start school equipped with the supplies they need to be ready to learn. Backpacks were distributed throughout South Eddy County via a collaboration between United Way of Eddy County and another local non profit. .

The number of students facing homelessness in South Eddy County has increased over the past several years. It’s more than just a backpack, Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families and gives children a boost of self confidence. These students often struggle in school. Of homeless elementary students, only 28% are proficient in reading and 17% in math. Many drop out without earning a high school degree.


Homeless children are defined as those "who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence." Examples that fall under this definition:

  • Sharing overcrowded housing because of economic hardship

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence was not designed for human habitation (e.g. backyard tents, garages, park benches, etc.)

  • Those living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations

  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

In addition to the almost 800 backpacks distributed to the most vulnerable children in our communities, every local public school in Carlsbad & Loving received school supplies to distribute to any student that lacks the proper supplies to begin school with


Call our office at 575-887-3504 or dial 2-1-1 from any phone in Eddy County.