Stuff the Bus

Now in its ninth year, United Way of Sumner County's annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive provides basic materials to students in need so they can begin the school year ready to learn and be successful. Set for July 1-19, 2019, Stuff the Bus collects donated school supplies, which are then sorted, packed in backpacks, and provided to students for the start of the school year. More than 1,000 Sumner County students received Stuff the Bus backpacks prepared by United Way volunteers in 2018.

There are many ways you and your business can get involved with Stuff the Bus, from donating and collecting supplies to volunteering to sort and pack donated materials. You can download and print the complete 2019 Stuff the Bus information flyer by clicking HERE!





If you don't have the opportunity to buy and donate school supplies, you can sponsor one or more students with a $60 per child donation, or donate any amount you like. United Way of Sumner County will purchase a backpack and appropriate supplies for you. If you would like to make a donation to sponsor a student, there are two ways you can do it.

1. Visit our Sponsor A Student Website today and make your donation online!

2. Download and print the Sponsor A Student Form and mail it to the United Way of Sumner County office with your check.


United Way and our partners will collect basic school supplies that students need for classroom participation and success. Backpacks will be stuffed with grade-level appropriate materials. Thanks to the donations made by Publix Super Markets and its customers late last fall, we already have large quantities of some basic supplies on hand for this year's Stuff the Bus. However, there are several items we do not have. The following is a list of school supplies we need to make our 2018 backpacks as complete as possible:


Needed School Supplies

                     • 1.5-inch 3-ring binders (600 needed)

                     • Plastic Pencil Boxes (300 needed)

                     • Soft Pencil Pouches (800 needed)

                     • College Ruled Spiral Notebooks (500 needed)

                     • Elmer's Glue Sticks (1,100 two-packs needed)

                     • Pink Beveled Block Erasers (1,300 needed)

                     • Wide Ruled Composition Books (2,200 needed)

                     • College Ruled Composition Books (500 needed)


Partner Drop-Off Sites
School supplies may be dropped off at the following locations July 1-19:

Gallatin Chamber
118 West Main Street
Gallatin 37066
(615) 452-4000

Hendersonville Chamber
100 Country Club Dr. Ste. 104
Hendersonville 37075
(615) 824-2818

Portland Chamber
106 Main Street
Portland 37148
(615) 325-9032

Westmoreland Library
2305 Epperson Springs Rd.
Westmoreland 37186
 (615) 644-2026

White House Chamber
412 Highway 76
White House 37188
(615) 672-3937


1531 Hunt Club Blvd.
Suite 110
Gallatin 37066
(615) 461-8371



The businesses listed below with addresses are collecting supplies for Stuff the Bus. If you do business with them, or just want to drop by, your next visit is the perfect opportunity to donate school supplies that will help 1,300 students across Sumner County. Businesses listed without an address are collecting supplies internally from their employees or have donated items to Stuff the Bus. Thank You to everyone who is helping us make a difference in the lives of others!

Primrose School
107 Springhouse Ct.

Binders, composition
books, pencil pouches, & erasers

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center
355 New Shackle Island Rd

The Goddard School
108 Cinema Drive

Kid City Smiles
113 Maple Row Blvd., Ste. A

Sumner Bank & Trust

780 Browns Lane, Gallatin

250 W. Broadway, Gallatin

255 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville

Union University
205 Indian Lake Blvd.

Gallatin Civic Center
210 Albert Gallatin Ave.

Sumner County
Family YMCA

102 Bluegrass Commons Blvd.

Reliant Bank

425 E. Main St.

1204 Nashville Pike

217 Indian Lake Blvd.,
Suite 950

Gallatin Fire Dept.
119 Chief Billy Crook Blvd.

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union
200 Indian Lake Blvd.

F&M Bank
221 Indian Lake Blvd.

Sumner Pediatric Dentistry
1710 Nashville Pike
Suite 102
Gallatin, TN 37066

Regions Bank

285 E. Main

1140 Nashville Pk

249 E. Main

1042 Glenbrook Way

Collecting Crayons

Hendersonville High School
123 Cherokee Rd.



Area churches, civic groups, and businesses can get involved with Stuff the Bus by hosting their own internal school supply drives and collecting the needed items listed above. Encourage your members, employees and customers to donate supplies at your location. United Way of Sumner County will then pick them up prior to our donated supply Pack-A-Thon on July 23-24. Feel free to use the flyer and poster linked below to promote Stuff the Bus with your group. Let us know what you're doing, and we'll get a flyer and poster personalized for you and list your information below as being a Stuff the Bus participant.

2019 Stuff the Bus Flyer

2019 Stuff the Bus Collection Box Poster


Stuff the Bus has many ways for your and your business or civic group to get involved and make a difference in the lives of local students, including:

  • Hosting a school supply collection drive at your business location or civic club event. United Way will provide you with signs and collect the donated supplies at the end of the drive.
  • Volunteering to help us fill backpacks with donated supplies at our Tuesday, July 23 Pack-A-Thon.
  • Volunteering to help us fill backpacks with donated supplies at our Wednesday, July 24 Pack-A-Thon.

To sign up as a volunteer for one of our activity days or for more information about ways you, your business, church, or civic organization can get involved with Stuff the Bus by collecting supplies or volunteering, contact United Way of Sumner County Projects Coordinator Toni Dew at or by calling her at (615) 461-8371.


If you need assistance with school supplies for your children, Stuff the Bus backpacks will be distributed to students in need by local United Way of Sumner County partner help centers throughout the county. For more information, please contact the appropriate help center based on where you live.

  • Gallatin, Castalian Springs – Society of St. Vincent de Paul, (615) 218-0377
  • Hendersonville – Hendersonville Samaritan Association, (615) 824-7105
  • Portland, Cottontown – Portland C.A.R.E.S., (615) 325-7805
  • Westmoreland, Bethpage – Westmoreland Food Bank, (615) 644-4357



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