Posted: Jul 15, 2010 5:17 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Jul 15, 2010 6:18 PM
Thanks to you, 'Stuff the Bus' was a huge success in both, East Baton Rouge and Ascension. Today, some volunteers gathered again to start 'unstuffing' the bus in Ascension Parish.
"We kinda had an assembly line going, where they were unloading off the busses, and it came into the halls, and it was counted, sorted and inventoried before it was moved into this room," said Volunteer Ascension Executive Director Sherry Denig.
More than 45 volunteers came out Thursday at 9 a.m. The supplies stuffed on four busses were stacked into a classroom at Central Middle School in Gonzales.
"It was an easy decision to say, 'Come on, bring them here,'" said Central Middle School Principal Lynette Lachaze.
In total, more than $21,000 in supplies and monetary donations were collected in Ascension. East Baton Rouge wasn't far behind. It managed to fully stuff three busses.
The total amount of supplies collected in East Baton Rouge can't be given because the unstuffing won't take place until Monday. Despite the high temperatures, many volunteers said they'd do it all over again.
"Yesterday was amazing. The turnout with the volunteers, and the people who came to donate supplies," said Denig.
What took a full day to load up, only took an hour and half to unload. For now, the supplies in Ascension Parish will sit in the classroom, awaiting the hands of students in need.
The supplies will be sent out to schools, according to teachers' needs. They will be hand-delivered the first week of school.