Thank you to everyone who participated in United Way of Sumner County's seventh annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. Through the tremendous support we received from donors, volunteers, local businesses, and individuals across the county, this year's Stuff the Bus was the most successful ever. Approximately 75 volunteers stuffed 800 backpacks that will help local students start school with the tools they need to learn. The supplies included in those backpacks included:
- More than 2,400 packages of notebook paper;
- 19,000 pencils;
- 1,200 boxes of crayons;
- 500 bottles of glue;
- 4,000 pocket folders;
- 2,500 spiral notebooks;
- hundreds of packs of colored markers and colored pencils;
- and much more.
Thank you to Sumner County Schools and Family Resource Center Director Mike Shelton for hosting us all week; everyone who donated supplies; our Sponsor-A-Student donors; our dedicated volunteers; our partner agencies for distributing backpacks, and Jet's Pizza for donating lunch for our volunteers during the Sort-A-Thon and Pack-A-Thon.
Below, you will find photos from our week of Stuff the Bus activities.
Monday, July 24, 2017 - Donation Pick-up Day
Thank you to everyone who donated and collected supplies for this year's United Way of Sumner county Stuff the Bus school supply drive. We made 18 stops on Monday, July 24, to pick up supplies at locations across the county that had collected them, including: Senior Citizens of Hendersonville, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, CapStar Bank on Springhouse Court in Hendersonville, CapStar Bank on Green Lea Blvd. in Gallatin, Sumner Bank & Trust on Brown's Lane in Gallatin, GKN Hoeganaes, ITW CIP, the Sumner County Schools Central Office, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Westmoreland Library, Sumner Bank & Trust on W. Broadway in Gallatin, Tennessee Credit Union in Gallatin, Craig Hayes State Farm, Windham Professionals in Hendersonville, Sumner Bank & Trust on Indian Lake Blvd., Re/Max Choice Properties in Hendersonville, and Fischer Family Dentistry in Hendersonville. We also received supplies from TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, LuLaRoe consultants in Hendersonville, and ProAdvantage.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Sort-A-Thon
Thank you to the more than 30 volunteers who came out on July 25 to sort donated school supplies and pack backpacks as part of United Way of Sumner County's Stuff the Bus school supply drive. In addition to individuals donating their time, employees from Target, ITW CIP, CapStar Bank, and YouthCan took part in the activity, along with members of the Sumner Association of Realtors. After sorting donated supplies, the volunteers set up a backpack assembly line and stuffed 188 backpacks for local students.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Pack-A-Thon
Thank you to the more than 30 volunteers who came out on Thursday, July 27, to take part in United Way of Sumner County's Stuff the Bus Pack-A-Thon. In addition to several individuals, our volunteers included employees from Publix Super Markets in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, One Stop Realty, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, and First Tennessee Bank. In less than five hours, these dedicated individuals packed more than 600 backpacks, completely cleaned their workspace, and stored and inventoried remaining school supplies.
Thank You to Jet's Pizza in Gallatin for donating lunch for our Stuff the Bus Sort-A-Thon and Pack-A-Thon volunteers.