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CMC-Union's Stuff the Bus donates school supplies to students

The annual Stuff the Bus event collected more than 5,000 items that students will need for the upcoming school year. Pictured, from left, are CMC staff Kimberly Karpovich, Ashley Jackson, Michelle Brown, Jessica McRae and Valerie Mahoney-Kong.

Notebooks, highlighters, rulers as well as other school supplies occupied the seats and floor of a UCPS school bus Friday, (Aug. 8) at CMC-Union just in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Carolinas HealthCare System held its third annual Stuff the Bus event in which school supplies and personal hygiene items were collected over a two-week period for students in an effort to give back to the schools and community.

“The response from CMC-Union teammates continues to be overwhelming,” said Holli Breeden, Carolinas HealthCare System’s workforce relations’ senior consultant. “It is our mission to provide support to the citizens of Union County and be a positive difference in the lives of school-age children for the 2014-2015 school year.”

The annual Stuff the Bus event collected a range of items that students will need for the upcoming school year.

More than 5,000 items were collected including rulers, scissors, notebooks, markers, crayons, glue sticks, pocket folders, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, shampoo and hand lotion.

“Teammates” of the Carolinas HealthCare System work with Union County’s Department of Social Services in acquiring and distributing these supplies.

Gloria S. Haney, the volunteer services coordinator with the Department of Human Services, said supplies are collected for children who are referred by social workers at DSS.

“We first meet the needs of the foster children we have in care,” Haney said. “Then we provide supplies to those families that are assessed through our Crisis Assessment unit as having a true need within the family.”

Once individual children’s needs are met, the remaining supplies are given to the Title One schools in Union County with the greatest need.

The event, organized by the Carolinas HealthCare System’s Best Place to Work Committee, involved approximately 1,400 teammates from CMC-Union, CMC-Waxhaw and Hospice of Union County.

The Best Place to Work Committee had a representative from each department of the hospital. Team members from each department filled a decorated bin to help “stuff the bus.”

Additionally, emails were sent to staff members encouraging their participation and additional bins were located throughout the hospital for donations.

Once the collection period was complete, the items were loaded onto a UCPS bus located near the ambulance entrance at CMC-Union.

Without a doubt, there will be many smiles on students’ faces across the school district this fall once the Stuff the Bus items are distributed.

Written by: Becky Swiger, Instructional Technology Facilitator
Posted: Aug 19, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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