You'd think by now Jim Miller would slow down a little.  Miller, whose business literally has the word "run" in it's name has been spending the last several months gathering school supplies and backpacks that he will give away again this year to any area student who needs them.  Efforts shift into high gear today as Miller will be manning the "Stuff the Bus" drive at the Town Pump on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Elizabeth Warren, where the public is encouraged to "stuff" the local school bus with as many school supplies as possible and to bid on over 75 items in a silent auction fundraiser, funds of which will be used to purchase backpacks and supplies.

Passers by check out the silent auction items at today's "Stuff the Bus" event at the Town Pump on Harrison and Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Tommy O, Townsquare Media
Passers by check out the silent auction items at today's "Stuff the Bus" event at the Town Pump on Harrison and Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Tommy O, Townsquare Media
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Jim owns and operates "Let Us Run", a local delivery service and says he got the idea forn"Stuff the Bus" from a local mother in need eight years ago.  "She asked me to help bring her some food for her kids," Miller explained.  "She was short money, so we helped her out.  She then asked if there was anybody out there who helped with school supplies."  He says the idea grew from there as an inital donation of 5 backpacks and supplies has skyrocked to a goal of 700 backpacks this year.  "That's our goal this year," Miller added with a chuckle.

The bus is on hand. Will Butte stuff it full? Photo: Tommy O, Townsquare Media
The bus is on hand. Will Butte stuff it full? Photo: Tommy O, Townsquare Media
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Although it is through his efforts that "Stuff the Bus" is possible, Miller is quick to deflect credit to others in the community for it's success including Chief Executive J.P. Gallagher for helping find much-needed storage space and to the School District for supplying him with supply lists for each grade.  "Let's say it's little Joey.  First grade at Kennedy.  We've got his list.  We know what he needs."  Miller and crew then assemble the individual backpacks, tailored to what each student needs down to the pencil.  Families with interested students should contact Jim personally through "Let Us Run" at (406) 491-1846 for requests and pickup.