Courtesy photo: Patrick Burke

Pulaski Street School is hosting a “stuff-a-bus” donation drive to collect necessities for the people affected by the war in Ukraine.

A decorated mini-bus is parked on the front lawn of the school to collect donations in partnership with the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead. Anyone can drop off items in the bus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, until March 27. 

The drive is accepting donations of:

  • First aid items including bandaids, gauze, antibiotic ointment, etc
  • Vitamins
  • Food items, including highly-caloric dry, easy to prepare food items such as protein or granola bars; trail mix, ramen noodles, coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Canned items are not accepted.
  • Toiletries including soap, shampoo, wipes, etc. 
  • Diapers for all ages.
  • New clothing, including dark colored t-shirts, socks, underwear, winter clothing for men, women and children.

This is the first stuff-a-bus donation drive event hosted by the school, Pulaski School Principal Patrick Burke said. Pulaski’s leadership committee, made up of parents, faculty and staff, found it apt to have the first drive be to support Ukraine, he said.

“We have many families now that are moving into the community; we’ve seen an increase in students from Ukraine,” Burke said.

The school plans to do more stuff-a-bus donation drives in the future and change the donation requests every month. 

“This is a great future opportunity to gather donations and get some attention for the right causes,” Burke said.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com