You Girl with school suppliesMake a Difference in the Life of a Student

Remember the excitement of getting ready for the first day of school as you filled your backpack with new notebooks, pencils and glue sticks?

Sadly, some children in our area won't have access to new school supplies without our help.

That's why Bone & Joint has become a designated school supply drop-off site for the United Way and community organizations in Lincoln, Marathon, Portage and Taylor counties.

Won't you join us?

It's easy. Purchase one or more of the items listed below and bring them to a Bone & Joint waiting room in Medford, Merrill, Plover, and Wausau. The collection will begin Tuesday, August 1 and conclude Thursday, August 10, 2017.

If you don't have time to go shopping, no problem. We're also accepting cash donations. At the end of the drive, funds received at each Bone & Joint location will be used to purchase additional school supplies for students in the surrounding community.

You can make a difference in the life of a child by donating a few school supplies to local organizations.


Bone & Joint is collecting school supplies for the following projects.

Fill-A-BusThe United Way of Taylor CountyFill A Bus Flyer Image

Taylor County is conducting their annual Fill-A-Bus School Supply Drive. To ensure children receive the necessary school supplies, the United Way assigns businesses in the area specific items to collect.

Bone & Joint in Medford will be collecting:

  • Highlighters
  • Colored pencils
  • Post-It notes

If you’d prefer to make a financial contribution, you can make a check payable to: United Way of Taylor County and drop it in the cash collection box. To make sure the funds are used for school supplies, include "Fill-A-Bus" on the memo line.

You can also mail your donation directly to the United Way PO Box 85, Medford, WI 54451. To make sure the funds are used for school supplies, include "Fill-A-Bus" on the memo line.


Bone & Joint will be collecting supplies to help Merrill School fill backpacks for elementary students.

During this school supply drive, Bone & Joint will collect: 
  • Backpacks (new)
  • Erasers
  • Pens (red)
  • Plastic Pencil Boxes
  • Crayons—24 ct.
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Markers
  • Watercolor Paint Set
  • Wide Lined Filler Paper
  • Wide Lined Notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Pocket Folders
  • Rulers (12 -inch)
  • Glue and glue sticks

Monetary donations are also accepted. Make checks out to "MFTHCI-Backpacks" and send to PO Box 793, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452. Cash donations are accepted year round.


The United Way of Portage County - Project Fresh Start2018 Project Fresh Start School Supply Image

Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center program, provides school supplies to qualifying students is now open.

Any K-12 student enrolled in a Portage County school who qualifies for the federal free and reduced priced meal program is eligible to receive supplies. Registration is open until July 28. Distribution takes place on Saturday, August 12, at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School in Stevens Point. Almond Bancroft residents need to contact the school’s main office beginning Aug. 21 for more information on receiving pre-packaged supplies.

Click here for a list of Project Fresh Start supplies.

New this year, people can go online at and purchase and donate items for Project Fresh Start. Contact the United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center at 715-341-6740 or for more information. You can also donate online at


Fill A Backpack; Fill A Need Poster

Marathon County - Fill a Backpack Fill a Need

Fill a Backpack Fill a Need helps school-aged children in Marathon County start school with supplies.

For some families, the added costs associated with starting school causes stress. Marathon County's Fill A Back Pack Fill A Need helps student's and their families prepare for a successful school year. 

Click here to see a list of Fill a Backpack Fill a Need supplies. 

For more information call Jacquelyn Sirianni, Volunteer Connection Director for United Way of Marathon County, at 715-298-5723 or email her at



724 South 8th St.
Medford, WI 54451

100 Eagle Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452

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Plover, WI 54467

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Wausau, WI 54401

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