Today, United Way of Greater Nashville announced that this year’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive collected enough supplies to ensure 9,000 students throughout the greater Nashville region have what they need to start their school year off ready to learn.
The 13th annual Stuff the Bus – United Way’s second all-online school supply drive – was a great success thanks to generous donations from individuals, community groups and workplaces, and the special support of Piedmont Natural Gas, UPS and PENCIL.
1,187 individuals representing 50 teams purchased supply kits to be distributed to students in need in six school districts across Davidson, Williamson, Robertson, Cheatham and Hickman counties.
“It has been a really tough year for so many families. Affording school supplies for their kids should be the last thing parents should have to worry about right now,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “School supplies typically cost families up to $200 per child, and that $200 can be a real burden on parents who are wondering how they’re going to pay their rent or keep food on the table. That’s why we are so grateful for all the companies and individuals who stepped up to give our students the resources they need to start the year off right. Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that can make the biggest difference.”