Edmonson Voice Staff, story and photo
Edmonson County helped kick off one of the region's top charity events, Stuff The Bus '16, last week in Brownsville with Cram The Cruiser, but now it's time for the main event.
STB began this morning around 6AM at the Bluegrass Cellular parking lot on Campbell Lane and will last until Monday, July 25. The school supply drive benefits schools all over the region, but you can earmark your donations to be distributed in your county by simply letting the volunteers know.
Tony Rose, from D93, who created the event, says the event grows every year, this year being no exception.
"We've got more sponsors on board right now that ever before, and it doesn't show signs of stopping or slowing down," said Rose.
According to Rose, even though STB started as more of a radio stunt 11 years ago, it's purpose was still intended to benefit local students. Two and a half tons were school supplies were collected in the first year, which seemed like a lot at the time. "That lasted about 30 minutes," Rose said, laughing. Over 15 tons of school supplies were distributed throughout the region last year which was an all time record.
You can bring by donations like backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, or cash. STB volunteers are busy scouring sale ads and clipping coupons to turn cash donations into more school supplies.
"We're looking to set a new record again this year and hope to reach 16 tons," he said. "Cram the Cruiser was huge this year in Brownsville and we thank our partners in Edmonson County for their support. Come on by this week and support a cause that helps so many."