United Way has a large turn out in donations for "Stuff The Bus"




With the fall school semester quickly approaching, also comes the need for school supplies. For some families; the cost for needed supplies can be too great.


In response, United Way of East Mississippi has been holding the Stuff the Bus drive to provide that need.

Today the drive was in two locations in Meridian... Raisin' Cane's and Bonita Lakes Mall.

“There is nothing more important than investing in our children; you know children, not at this school, but when we business and communities: when they invest into the education of our kids; that is how we are going to change the future,” said Nick Smith, Southeast Elementary assistant principal.


Jeffery Wilson is one business owner who sees the importance in investing dollars to help students acquire school supply items.

“All types of supplies are expensive, and so you know; we don’t want children to go short of what they need to advance their learning objective, “Wilson said. 

There was a steady flow of traffic all throughout today during the drive.

“It’s filling up quicker than I thought it would already and it’s not even the lunch rush yet, so I would say we’re probably about 50% towards the bus already,” said Tate Dye, United Way intern.

Smith says sometimes parents can be overwhelmed when reviewing the supply list.

“It’s a humongous list, and it ranges from things like pencils, and erasers, markers, and crayons notebooks, book sacks and even uniforms and stuff and for a lot of people that’s an easy thing that we can go pick up , but for so many kids we see every day that’s what we lack,” Wilson said.

Luckily, several items were collected at the school supply drive today.

“We’ve seen pencils, we’ve seen crayons, notebooks and even some Clorox’s wipes things that you don’t think about,” said Hank Holcomb, Raising Cane’s manager.

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