The United Way of Eastern New Mexico's "Stuff the Bus" campaign is gaining traction in the community, according to a spokeswoman for the organization.
United Way received 3,592 school supplies and $740 in monetary donations during the month-long campaign. Last year, which was the campaign's first, brought in 2,627 school supplies.
The campaign collects school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils and money for Clovis and Portales municipal schools, according to Elizabeth Stegin, a United Way associate. She said the money will be used to buy more supplies.
"We will ask the schools what they need," she said.
The campaign started in July with businesses and organizations collecting school supplies and ended on Saturday with a community-wide collection at Wal-Mart stores in Clovis and Portales.
Stegin said 1,682 school supplies were collected Saturday. The supplies were distributed to the schools on Monday.
She said the campaign has drawn more as it is gaining popularity in the community.
"We couldn't do it without the support of the community," she said. "And anything given stays local."
Top 10 items collected include:
• Spiral notebooks: 563
• Pocket folders: 428
• Crayon packs: 340
• Reams of notebook paper: 228
• Glue bottles/sticks: 225
• Colored pencil packs: 220
• 10-pack pens: 209
• Various packs of pencils: 203
• Three-ring binders: 178
• Composition books: 126