OTTAWA — The United Way of Putnam County is collecting school supplies for children in need.

A Stuff the Bus collection will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 in front of the Ottawa Walmart. The community is invited to bring donations of school supplies.

The annual “Putnam County Back-to-School Giveaway” will be held Aug. 12 at the Putnam County Educational Service Center. To receive free school supplies, qualifying families must fill out a referral form, available from their school or at Putnam County Job and Family Services.

Anyone interested in helping with the collection or distribution should call the United Way at 419-523-4505. Cash donations are welcome and will be used to purchase supplies.