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Bus stuffed, but drive for school supplies continues
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Forsyth County News

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The United Way will accept school supplies for its annual Stuff the Bus drive through Aug. 14 at any of the nine Publix supermarkets in Forsyth County.

Leaders of the local United Way are pleased with collections in a recent school supply drive.

The organization held its third annual Stuff the Bus drive July 23 and 30 at the Walmarts on Market Place Boulevard and Atlanta Highway.

Shoppers were asked to place donations inside school buses parked outside the stores.

Melissa Corliss, director of community impact with United Way, was still tallying the supplies this week, but said the results look strong.

"I’d say we’re on track to surpassing what we did last year," she said. "We’re knee deep in school supplies."

She said the drive in 2010 collected about 7,000 items, which more than doubled the results of the effort’s first year.

"The buses this year were more successful because there was more visibility there," Corliss said.

She added that she is still picking up donations from businesses and Publix supermarkets, which joined the United Way in the drive.

Corliss said anyone who still wants to help can do so by donating school supplies at any of Forsyth’s nine Publix locations.

"[Publix] is helping us through their School Tools for Cool Kids program, which runs through Aug. 14," she said.

"The way that program works is all supplies collected at Forsyth Publix stores stay in Forsyth County."