Close to a dozen businesses, as well as community members, came together for a successful “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive in August. Special thanks to Ed Kleingartner, far right, of Ed’s Pharmacy, for ensuring all students in the Bloomer School District received their needed school supplies. Representing the businesses, pictured above are, from left, Tony Hein–Security Financial Bank, Craig Toycen–Toycen’s Bloomer Ford, Kathy Bungartz–Southworth Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Mandi Marik–Glass Insulators, Beth Poirier–A.J. Manufacturing and Ed Kleingartner–Ed’s Pharmacy. Not pictured are Chris Conard–PMI, LLC, Pat and Sandy Shadick–Shadick’s Price Rite and Nancy and Steve Naas–Bloomer Hardware.

During the first two weeks of August, 11 Bloomer businesses partnered together for “Stuff the Bus,” a campaign to benefit area children who are in need of school supplies. An anonymous donor also stepped forward with an offer to make up the difference so every child in the Bloomer School District would have his or her school supplies provided for them.

Representatives from the businesses met Friday, Nov. 3 to thank the anonymous donor and pose for a picture with him.

After the photo, one of Stuff the Bus organizers, Tony Hein of Security Financial Bank, commented on the success of this year’s campaign.

“I just want to express my appreciation for these local businesses and the entire Bloomer community for the overwhelming support of Stuff the Bus,” said Hein. “And a special thank you goes out to the Bloomer/New Auburn Area Food Pantry and to Next Place Bar & Grill for shoring up some of the unforeseen needs.”

He added that the organizers have already started the planning process for next year to ensure that no child in the community gets left out of receiving their needed school supplies.

Looking back again on the past year, Hein said, “The organizers of Stuff the Bus would like to give a special shout out to Ed Kleingartner of Ed’s Pharmacy in helping to support every kid with his generosity.”

Hein concluded his comments by saying, “We look forward to the community and the local businesses making Stuff the Bus a great success again in 2018.”

The following businesses hosted the Stuff the Bus bus—made available by Kobussen Busses Ltd.—at their locations: Security Financial Bank, Bloomer Ford, Bloomer Holiday Station, Bloomer Hardware, The Next Place, Shadick’s Grocery, PMI, Glass Insulators, A.J. Manufacturing and Southworth Chevrolet/GMC/Buick.

Ed Kleingartner of Ed’s Pharmacy was the anonymous donor who made sure every student received his or her school supplies.