7/15/2013 - Asheville's Stuff the Bus school supply drive revs up today
by Hayley Benton - Asheville Citizen Times
Backpacks filled with school supplies are being collected this month and into August by Hands On Asheville-Buncombe County at locations throughout Asheville as well as collection events at Tourist games and Paramount Kia. / Special to the Citizen-Times
Beginning today, Stuff the Bus school supplies, either loaded backpacks or loose supplies, may be dropped at:
o Any Asheville Savings Bank.
o Any freestanding Starbucks location (not including kiosks within grocery stores).
o United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville.
o Either Asheville YMCA, at 30 Woodfin St., downtown, or 3 Town Square Blvd., in Biltmore Park Town Square.
o Paramount Kia of Asheville locations, at 1000 Ridgefield Blvd., behind Biltmore Square Mall, or 740 Tunnel Road in East Asheville.
o Monetary donations via PayPal can be made at online athttp://handsonasheville.org/hoab_school_supply.
To get a list of supplies needed, text the word "bus" to 77000 or visit Hands On's website.
ASHEVILLE -- A school supply collection drive beginning today aims to make sure more elementary and middle school students will be packed and ready to learn when schools reopen next month.
A collaborative effort of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, Mix 96.5, Paramount Kia and the Asheville Tourists, the Stuff the Bus Back-to-School Supply Drive includes many drop-off locations for donations as well as collection events at two Tourist games and at the cardealership's two locations.
"It just always amazes me how generous our community is," said Charlie Lee, volunteerprograms manager at Hands On Asheville-Buncombe. "Because, you know, it's more than just a notebook and a backpack. It really helps (students') self-esteem to start off right with everyone else on a level playing field."