Posted: Jul 20, 2011 12:54 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 20, 2011 12:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - At the midday mark tens of thousands of dollars in donated school supplies have filled four buses in the WBRZ "Stuff The Bus" drive.
More than $21,000 in supplies have been donated in Baton Rouge, enough to fill three buses so far at the Office Depot on College Drive.
EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden said the donations will help more than just the students.
"A lot of parents can't afford it, teachers dig into to their own pockets, bus drivers also dig into their own pockets to help give these kids what they need," Holden told News 2's Whitney Vann.
Meanwhile volunteers from Ascension Parish schools have stuffed one bus and are filling a second at the Office Depot in Gonzales.
"We have students that are in need like any other parish," said Johnny Balfantz with the Ascension Parish School System. "Without volunteers and donations many of these kids wouldn't have what they need for that first day of school."
The drive will continue through 6:30 p.m. in both locations. People can purchase supplies at the Office Depot or donate cash, which will be used to purchase supplies.
News 2 will have live updates throughout the day and during the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. news.