10,500 Students Provided with School Supplies through United Way’s 12th Annual Stuff the Bus
Tennessee Titans, Piedmont Natural Gas, GraceWorks Ministries join United Way as Sponsors
July 17, 2020, NASHVILLE, Tenn.—United Way of Greater Nashville announced today that this year’s Stuff the Bus online supply drive collected enough supplies for 10,500 students to start the year ready to learn.
The 12th annual Stuff the Bus was United Way’s first-ever all-online school supply drive and was a success, thanks to support from individuals, community groups and workplaces, including the Tennessee Titans, Piedmont Natural Gas and GraceWorks Ministries.
1,313 individuals representing 41 teams purchased 171,862 supply items to be distributed to students in need in six school districts across Davidson, Williamson, Robertson, Cheatham and Hickman counties.
“School supplies typically cost families $200 per child. For families who are already struggling and who have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic, that $200 can be a real and heavy burden,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “We have been overwhelmed by community support over these last few weeks and are so grateful to our neighbors who want to give our students the resources they need to start the year with the supplies they need and deserve.”
This pivotal work could not have happened without the support of the Tennessee Titans, who generously contributed toward United Way’s Days of Action. The Titans have been steadfast partners of United Way’s work for more than 20 years by bringing awareness to the issues facing Greater Nashville and collaborating to better serve our neighbors. In June, United Way announced that Titans safety as the official United Way-Titans spokesperson, who is using his platform to bring awareness to education and youth success.
“We know what an important role education plays in the overall health of our city,” said Tina Tuggle, senior director of community impact at the Tennessee Titans. “We’re proud to play a role in such an important initiative that meets the needs of students, teachers and schools as a whole.”
In addition, United Way extends a special thanks to HealthTrust, an HCA Healthcare company, who rallied 190 employees to contribute $11,600 worth of supplies.
About United Way of Greater Nashville
At United Way, we unite the community and mobilize resources so that every child, individual and family thrives. Together, we are working to create a community where every child receives a quality education, no one lives in poverty or poor health, and the most basic needs of our families are met. We are uniquely positioned to the lead this fight by bringing individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government to the table to have the tough conversations, mobilize the resources and make the smart investments that will create lasting solutions for our region’s most pressing issues. For more information, visit unitedwaynashville.org and follow us on social media @UWNashville.