Thank you for donating to Stuff the Bus! Together, we collected 23,188 children's books for our youngest central Iowans.


Stuff the Bus is an annual effort to get new and gently-used children's books into the hands of kids who need them most during this unprecedented time. This year, Stuff the Bus was part of our annual Day of Action, a day dedicated to giving back to our community through volunteerism and other important contributions. To get in on the action, companies, their employees, and individuals across central Iowa purchased new children's books from our recommended list or donate gently-used children's books appropriate for infants to young adults. 

Click here to see collection of photos from our community collection event at Athene. 

The books collected were distributed to more than 60 of United Way of Central Iowa’s funded partner programs, child care centers, and in-home child care providers who serve kids from low-income households in our community.

Read about why this drive is important and how kids see the world through books.

Why Stuff the Bus?

Research shows having access to books leads to higher reading scores and, ultimately, a better chance of graduating high school. While middle-income households have an average of more than 10 books per child, low-income households average one book for every 300 children. 

For questions about this event, please contact Ramona Gaukel at

Thank you to our event sponsors

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2020 Participating Organizations

Find a box labeled with Stuff the Bus to place your donated new books. These organizations are participating: 

  • Athene USA
  • Chubb
  • Cummins Sales and Service North America 
  • Dee Zee, Inc.
  • Delta Dental Iowa
  • EMC Insurance
  • Ernst & Young
  • Everybody Wins! Iowa
  • Foth Infrastructure & Environment 
  • Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Iowa State Education Association 
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
  • John Deere Financial
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Des Moines
  • KPMG International Cooperative
  • Alumnae Association
  • Marshall & Son's Coalition
  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Stine Seed Company
  • Telligen, Inc.
  • The Dana Company
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • UPS
  • Voya Services Company
  • Workiva

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Stuff the Bus is a part of READ to SUCCEED, United Way of Central Iowa’s multiyear campaign to increase third-grade reading proficiency in central Iowa to 90 percent by the year 2020. Get involved at