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The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties recently completed its sixth annual Stuff the Bus program, presented by Hot Topic, to benefit children in Rutherford and Cannon counties. Nearly 15,000 essential school supply items were collected by 70 participating companies and organizations. One hundred and seventy-one volunteers sorted the items at the Stuff the Bus Sort-a-Thon and the supplies were distributed to Rutherford County, Murfreesboro City and Cannon County schools.

McKenna Moore, Director of Volunteer and Strategic Engagement for United Way, said, "School supplies were distributed to Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County central offices and from there disseminated to individual schools. Different students have different needs at any given time, and this allows guidance counselors to hand a student an array of supplies customized to fit their individual situation. The supplies for Cannon County were distributed at the annual We Care Cannon event, which served more than 600 students."

Organizations, companies and individuals participated in the Sort-a-Thon set up on July 25th and 26th and the event on July 28th at Hobgood Elementary. Companies participating this year through private donations, in-kind gifts or volunteers included:

  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Amazon
  • Atmos Energy
  • Backer-Springfield
  • Beyond Aquatics
  • Chuck E Cheese
  • City Auto
  • City of Murfreesboro
  • Consumers Insurance
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FirstBank
  • First Tennessee Bank
  • Ford of Murfreesboro
  • General Mills
  • Hawthorne Park South Apartments
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Ingram
  • Journeys in Community Living
  • Kingdom Ministries Worship Center
  • LaVergne City Hall
  • La Quinta Inn
  • Middle Tennessee Electric Membership
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Morter Family Chiropractic
  • Murfreesboro City Schools Central Office
  • Murfreesboro Electric
  • Murfreesboro Water & Sewer
  • Murfreesboro Young Professionals
  • National Dance Club
  • Nissan
  • Old Navy
  • Once Upon A Child
  • Parks
  • Patterson Park Community Center
  • Quinn's Mercantile
  • Redstone Federal Credit Union
  • Regal Beloit
  • Residence Inn
  • Revolution Chiropractic
  • Roscoe Brown, Inc.
  • Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
  • Rutherford County Register of Deeds
  • Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
  • State Farm - Agent Dana Womack
  • State Farm - Agent Jeannie Almond
  • State Farm - Agent Joel Laird
  • State Farm - Agent Bill Hayes
  • Steel Technologies
  • Thompson Services
  • Townplace Suites
  • Toyota of Murfreesboro
  • US Bank
  • Verizon
  • Wilson Bank & Trust
  • Don & Hanna Witherspoon
  • The Woodlands Neighborhood
  • United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

Stuff the Bus event sponsors included: Hot Topic, State Farm, Amazon, Kasai, City Auto, UPS, Schneider Electric, Quinn's Mercantile, Kennametal, Wastequip, Murfreesboro City Schools and International Paper.

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