The United Way of Central Arkansas partnered with Kona Ice, Walmart and Y107 to help families in need provide backpacks with school supplies for children in Faulkner, Perry and Van Buren counties.

United Way’s supply drive will be from July 31 through Aug. 4. Then, the annual Stuff the Bus event will take place at two Conway Walmart locations, Dave Ward Drive and Highway 65, and the Walmart in Clinton, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4.

“Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families with school-aged children that are struggling to make ends meet, giving a student who is in need the required supplies promotes learning, encourages self-esteem and helps kids stay in school,” a United Way spokesman said. “It's more than school supplies. It's the first step to prepare students for a fulfilling, successful future.”

Needed supplies are:

• Backpacks, elementary and high school size .

• Loose leaf paper.

• Pencils and pens.

• Dry erase markers.

• Hand soap/wet wipes.

• Colored pencils.

• Washable markers.

• Rulers.

• Glue sticks.

• Shampoo.

• Toothbrushes.

• Toothpaste.

• Deodorant.

• Shaving cream.

• Feminine products.

• Soap.

• Shaving razors.

• Brushes/Combs.

• Crayons.

• Dental floss.

• Three-ring binders.

• Rest mats.

• Pencil pouches.

Supplies can be dropped off at the following locations until Aug. 3:

• Acxiom.

• Amity Road Pharmacy.

• Arkansas Preschool Plus.

• Bevy's.

• Biotest Plasma Center.

• Boys & Girls Club.

• CAMS.

• CAPCA.

• Centennial Bank.

• Central Baptist College.

• Chamber of Commerce (Vilonia and Greenbrier) .

• Childcare Aware.

• Coleman's Office Supply.

• Community Servcies Inc.

• Conway DHS.

• Conway Corp.

• CVS.

• Dollar General (Oak St. & Dave Ward Dr.)

• Faulkner County Day School.

• Faulkner County School on Aging.

• Faulkner County Judges Office.

• First Arkansas Bank & Trust.

• First Security Bank.

• Fred's ( Conway, Greenbrier, Violnia, & Mayflower).

• Gillepsie Boxing.

• HARP's (Greenbrier & Mayflower).

• Hope and Compassion.

• Hog Wild Family Fun Center.

• Insight Logistics Management.

• Jack & Diane's Boutique.

• Kimberly Clark.

• Kroger (Oak St. & Salem Rd.)

• La Rosita.

• Linda Marie's Gift & Fabrics.

• Marketplace Grill.

• MNB Bank.

• Nabholz.

• Patti Cakes.

• Perry County Health Unit.

• Pizza Pro.

• Quitman School District.

• Regions Bank.

• Safely Tucked Away.

• Simmons Bank.

• Same Ole Joes Pizza.

• Starbucks (Dave Ward Dr.)

• Stoby's.

• Tacos 4 Life.

• The Original Fried Pies Shop.

• Tritechne Inc.

• UCA Library.

• Umami Lounge.

• US Bank.

• Wal-Mart Marketplace (Conway & Greenbrier).

• Wendy's .

• Western Sizzlin Steakhouse.

• ZAZA's.

• 10 Fitness.

For more information or to donate online, visit www.uwcark.org. United Way volunteers will use the online donations to shop for school supplies.

“Let us shop for you,” officials said, adding that $20 buys one fully-stocked backpack.