One of the best parts about getting ready for the new school year is picking out new school supplies, but some area families can’t afford these necessary materials.

A backpack filled with pencils, pens, notebooks, and erasers are just ordinary school supplies to most kids, but to a homeless child those few items can be treasured, helping to bridge the gap between fitting in and feeling different.

July 1st begins our month long blitz to collect school supplies to be donated to the Stuff the Bus initiative. Cracked It Escape Games is committed to supporting charitable initiatives within Onslow County.

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About United Way of Onslow County.


United way is a dedicated group of professionals with one mission:

To advance the common good in Onslow County by focusing on the building blocks for a good life - education, income, and health, and create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of community problems.

The Vision of United Way of Onslow County is:

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community through philanthropy, volunteerism, and collaboration.

School supplies are must haves for students starting classes in the fall but not everyone can afford what's required on the first day of school.  With 327 homeless children in Onslow County and countless more either at-risk or in extreme need, these supplies are a lifeline for children to begin the school year right.

How can I help?

There are many ways to help "Stuff the Bus"

  • Donate Supplies: Drop-off supplies to Wal-Mart on Yopp Rd, Navy Federal Credit Union, University Mount Olive, Jackson Hewett on Henderson, Jennifer DuFore State Farm, Courtyard by Marriott, Marine Federal Credit Union - Western Extension, VFW post 9133, or the United Way Office.Also, join us for our 24 hour "Stuff the Bus" Event at Walmart on Yopp Rd from August 10th at 5pm until August 11th at 5pm. There will be special guest appearances througout the event. Come out and "Stuff the Bus". Not sure what to donate? See below for a list of needed items

  • Monetary Donation: Click here to make a donation for Stuff the Bus, today!

Needed Items:

Binders (2”and 3”)
Mechanical pencils
Plastic pocket folder
Pocket folders w/ center prongs
Loose leaf paper (wide & college rule)
Notebook dividers
Flash drive
Scientific calculator
Backpacks (for all ages)
Crayola crayons
Crayola color pencils
Crayola markers
# 2 pencils
Pencil top erasers
Pencil sharpener
Zipper pencil bags
Pencil/supply box
Glue sticks
Fiskar scissors
Dry erase markers
3x5 index cards
4x6 index cards
Composition book
Pens (blue, red, black)
Printer paper
Page protectors
Loose leaf graph paper
Ziploc/Hefty Zip bags
(quart or gallon)

Additional Needed Items:

Underwear – (sizes: 4-18, Men S-XL- briefs or boxers)
Panties – (sizes: 4-14 Misses S-XL) & Sports bras (XS-XL)
Socks – (girls, boys, ladies, men)
Soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Lice Kits
Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
Walmart Gift Cards for incidentals
Donations to Purchase High School Caps and Gowns

Brian Vinciguerra co-owner of Cracked it! Escape Games explains Cracked it! Escape Games #GIVEBACK initiative and it's benefits to the Onslow County, North Carolina community. When you visit Cracked it! Escape Games on #GIVEBACK Monday and Thursday you receive a discount and we donate to charity.