Stuff the Bus

The annual Stuff the Bus program – led by United Way of Williamson County’s Patricia Hart Society (PHS) in collaboration with corporate and community partners – provides students with backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies donated by individuals, companies, and organizations. Each year, PHS gathers school supplies to ensure that families in need have the opportunity to receive essential school items.

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Stuff the Bus wrapped up on June 27, 2019, and PHS is truly appreciative and humbled by the amazing community support. From forklifts to folding tables, supporters provided the necessary resources and assistance to stuff and distribute 3,100 backpacks during the Big Backpack Giveaway. Thank you for investing in students with such compassion!

We welcome year-round Stuff the Bus donations. Click here make a donation for backpacks, or text youthsuccess to 41444 to give.

PHS’ Stuff the Bus partners include: Publix Super Markets, UPS, First Fleet, Franklin Special School District, Williamson County Schools, Mercy Community Healthcare, GraceWorks Ministries, General Motors/UAW, Williamson County churches, and many United Way corporate partners.

PHS is also grateful for the support of volunteers (see video) and the following supporters: Material Handling, K-LOVE, OneGenAway, Bethesda United Methodist Church, and Westview United Methodist Church.

The Big Backpack Giveaway started in 2003 when members of the community recognized the huge need for added support to families. The event started with 1 giveaway location and has now grown to 4 giveaway sites across Williamson County.

Kristi Sylvester, organizer of the Liberty Elementary giveaway event says, “We could not do this huge community effort without the ongoing and strong support of committed partners over all these years: Harpeth Christian Church, Better Options TN, La Casa de Mi Padre, Franklin Christian Church, Franklin First United Methodist Church, Crosspoint Church, Daughters of the King, Franklin Housing Authority, Williamson Medical Center, Mapco, and all the partners who see and understand the need.”