United Way Stuff the Bus drive brings in more than 14,000 items

United Way of Cullman County’s Michele Dingler and Wal-Mart Distribution’s Dustin Elliott stand in front of the United Way sign. Wal-Mart Distribution recently gave a donation of more than 400 school supply items to the Stuff the Bus drive. (Photo courtesy of Michele Dingler)

CULLMAN, Ala. – United Way of Cullman County’s (UWCC) Stuff the Bus school supply drive ended recently, with a total that Public Relations Manager Michele Dingler said Monday far exceeded last year’s number of more than 11,000.

“We exceeded last year’s total,” smiled Dingler. “This year’s total is 14,753 items, and we still have items coming in!”

The Stuff the Bus Drive recently received two large donations of more than 400 items from Wal-Mart Distribution.

Employees Katie Randall, Jennifer Harding, Amber Sandlin, and Sally Hamm of local accounting firm Warren Averett volunteered Monday to help UWCC count the donated items.

Dingler shared, “They all came in with arms full of donations and volunteered their time to count donations.”

UWCC will continue to accept donations until the beginning of school.

Supplies needed include:

  • Number 2 pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Rulers
  • Index cards
  • Graph paper
  • Ring binders (from 1” to 3”)
  • Crayons
  • Zippered pencil cases
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Red, blue, and black pens
  • Erasers
  • Safety scissors
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper

You can also mail a donation check to United Way of Cullman County, PO Box 116 Cullman, AL, 35055 designated for school supplies. For more information, contact UWCC at 256-739-2948 or mdingler@uwaycc.org.

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Employees of Warren Averett donated supplies and volunteered their lunch time Monday to help count all the Stuff the Bus drive donations United Way of Cullman County received. The employees are: Katie Randall, Jennifer Harding, Amber Sandlin and Sally Hamm. (Photo courtesy of Michele Dingler)