United Way of Acadiana’s annual drive to provide thousands of school supplies to children in need across Acadiana begins today.

Donations to United Way of Acadiana’s 2015 Stuff the Bus school supply drive totaled more than 33,000 supplies that went to 50 local schools and programs.

In addition to generous sponsorships from Cargill Salt and Cox Communications, United Way invites area citizens, employees at local business and members of organizations to 'stuff the bus.'

Stuff the Bus school supply donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Acadia Parish
Acadia Parish School Board
2402 North Parkerson Ave., Crowley, LA
Drop off in lobby July 25 – 29 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lafayette Schools Credit Union – Acadia Branch
331 Odd Fellows Rd., Crowley, LA
Drop off in lobby July 25 - 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lafayette Parish
Lafayette Schools Credit Union
724 Veterans Dr., Carencro, LA
Drop off in lobby July 25 – 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lafayette Schools Credit Union – Lafayette Branch
515 Guilbeau Rd., Lafayette, LA
Drop off in lobby July 25 – 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

T-Mobile
5709 Johnston St. Suite B, Lafayette, LA
Drop off in lobby July 25 – 29 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or at Back to School Bash Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

United Way of Acadiana
215 E. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette LA
Drop off in lobby July 25 – 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vermilion Parish
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
101 E. Vermilion St., Abbeville, LA
Drop off July 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Recommended supplies include:

Pencils (I)
Pens (I)
Crayons (P)
Markers (P)
Glue Sticks (I)
Glue Bottles (I)
Spiral Notebooks (I)
Loose Leaf Paper (P)
Scissors (I)
Colored Pencils (P)
Construction Paper
Wedge Erasers (I)
Pencil Top Erasers (I)
Paper Towels
Kleenex
Ziploc Bags
Binders
Rulers
Highlighters
Index Cards
Hand Sanitizer
Pencil Boxes/Bags
Baby Wipes
Book Sacks
Dry Erase Markers
Pencil Sharpeners
Folders
Uniforms
Miscellaneous

To organize an internal school supply drive at your business or organization or volunteer to help collect, sort or deliver supplies and to access the complete list of recommended supplies needed, click here or call United Way of Acadiana senior volunteer mobilization manager Deidra Lewis at 337-706-1226 or Deidra.Lewis@unitedwayofacadiana.org.

After supplies are sorted the donated supplies will be distributed the week of August 15 to schools in Acadiana.