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United Way seeks help to 'Stuff the Bus'
Businesses can also take part
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Forsyth County News

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United Way of Forsyth’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23 and 30 at the Walmarts at 1500 Market Place Blvd. and 5455 Atlanta Hwy. Drop off school supplies at the yellow school bus at each location. For more information, call the United Way office at (770) 781-4110 or visit www.unitedwayforsyth.com.

The United Way of Forsyth County is inviting the community to help local families as the 2011-12 school year approaches.

The organization will again hold its Stuff the Bus school supply drive from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23 and 30 at the Walmarts on Market Place Boulevard and Atlanta Highway.

Melissa Corliss, director of community impact with the United Way, said this will be the third year of the drive effort.

"We collected over 7,000 items last year, which more than doubled what was collected the first year," she said.

A yellow school bus will be parked at each Walmart. Those donating are encouraged to fill each bus with supplies such as pencils and pens, wooden rulers, binders, notebooks and child safety scissors.

Other items sought include: 1 GB flash drives; book bags; 24-count crayons; dry erase markers and highlighters; glue sticks; index cards; erasers; supply boxes; and wide rule notebook paper.

Corliss said she has seen the need of local families grow in the past few years, especially with the down economy.

"In these tough economic times, it’s sometimes difficult for families to provide their children with even the most basic needs," she said.

"These basic back-to-school items will help families with providing the tools their children need to begin a new school year."

All items donated at both locations will go to The Place of Forsyth County and the Forsyth County school system, which will then give them out to families going through economic hardships.

Corliss said she would like to see the drive collect at least as many items as last year’s effort.

"It would be wonderful to see the school buses filled to the rim," she said.

In addition to individual donations, the United Way is encouraging businesses and organizations to hold drives and donate this year.

She said any group interested in taking part should contact the local United Way office.

"We have several new businesses and civic organizations involved this year, so hopefully this event and the awareness of the needs will continue to grow," Corliss said.