AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – While shoppers might be prone to impulse buys this tax-free weekend, volunteers at the United Way of the CSRA‘s “Stuff the Bus” back to school drive are hoping there will also be some impulse giving.
“Most of our [donors] are everyday people who are buying school supplies for their own children, and they’re deciding to share with others who may not be able to get those school supplies on their own,” said LaVerne Gold, president and CEO of the United Way of the CSRA.
Now in its ninth year, Stuff the Bus collects school supplies that will be distributed in Richmond and Columbia County Schools throughout the year.
“As the students need them throughout the school year, the teacher, principal, social worker, can request on behalf of the student,” Gold said.
The school buses parked out side of the Bobby Jones and Waynesboro Walmarts Saturday were hard to miss.
“What’s unique about our project too is that we do have a school bus,” Gold said. “So that as individuals are donating supplies, we already have boxes that are labeled so that we can get an accurate count, you know the pencils go in the pencil boxes, the book bags go in the book bag boxes.”
For a family with four children, school supplies cost a minimum of $600. Book bags are the most needed back to school items because of their high price.
Stuff the Bus is already off to a successful start after its kick off event at the Kroc Center Friday, at which the effort raised close to 30,000 pieces of school supply. Despite generous donations, the buses still have room for more.
“The need is still great,” Gold said. “We’re just hopeful that people will come out and make a donation.”