Meridian, Miss The fourth annual stuff the bus got off to a quick start with many donors showing up within minutes of the start. Despite the warm morning many still came out to hang out, and make their donations for the kids. Sarah Odom, with united way of East Mississippi is excited about the fast start they saw.
Odom says "last year we raised about 50,000 dollars worth of supplies, uniforms and monetary, so we are hoping for more this year because we haven't met all of the needs yet, so we want to get to that level."
From paper, to notebooks, any donation was accepted all going to help get area kids ready for school. One thing they tried to get more of this year was uniforms.
Savannah Ward, United Ways summer intern, says "this year we are really focusing on school uniforms because they are so expensive, and supplies, anything is just great."
In order to surpass last years donations totals, united way spent a lot of time developing new partnerships with many area businesses.
"we worked on some different partnerships this year, a lot of the care dealerships went in to partner with us, a lot of the churches. It's been the year of partnerships and i think that's grown it tremendously."
There were plenty of volunteers on hand with love out loud from Northcrest, as well as some local business had volunteers there to help.
"the love out loud group from Northcrest, we've got a lot of the area businesses, we have the mayoral youth leadership council which has come out to help. Of course the superintendents, the school distracts, it's just been a big collaborative effort."
If you were unable to make it to stuff the bus, you can still mail a check or drop off donations at their 23rd ave location.