United Way of Cullman County to host 4th annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive July 16-23

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Last year’s UWCC “Stuff the Bus” drive literally stuffed a bus in the southside parking lot adjacent to the Cullman County Courthouse. This year’s dates are July 16-23. (Cullman Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – United Way of Cullman County is partnering with Cullman County and City public schools to collect school supplies during its 4th annual “Stuff the Bus” drive. Kicking off the tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend, July 16-18, the UWCC drive will run July 16-23, 2021. 

The main drop-off location will be a school bus located in the south parking lot adjacent to the Cullman County Courthouse. Additionally, 12 local businesses have partnered with United Way of Cullman County to collect school supplies at their locations, including The Cullman Tribune, 219 2nd Ave. SE in Cullman and:

  • Berkley Bob’s
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Comfort Care – Hospice
  • Cullman Chamber of Commerce
  • Cullman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cullman Daily
  • Cullman Power Board
  • First Community Bank
  • Gateway Mortgage
  • River Valley Ingredients
  • The UPS Store

“We want to make sure every child in our community has the supplies they need to be successful in school,” said UWCC Executive Director Becky Goff in a press release. “Tax Free Weekend is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of no sales tax and help low-income children and families that may need our support.” 

Individuals from United Way partner agencies, local nonprofits and business partners will have volunteers at the collection site each day.

Goff added, “Beyond donating supplies, the community can support this project by sending a check to United Way of Cullman County, 304 1st Ave. NE, Cullman, AL 35056 designated for school supplies.

“United Way would like to thank our event sponsors: Publix, ­­Walmart Distribution, McGriff Industries, Cullman Regional Medical Center, NAFCO, the UPS Store and Rusken Packaging.”

Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall said, “We are so thankful to live in such a supportive and generous community. Many students and families have suffered loss over the past year. It is so helpful to be able to provide these students with necessary school supplies to prepare them for a successful school year! Thank you to United Way of Cullman County for organizing the “Stuff the Bus” event to help students in our school and throughout our community.”

For more information or if your business would like to participate in Stuff the Bus, please contact the United Way office at (256) 739-2948 or email tjames@uwaycc.org.

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