Volunteers honored for collecting $70,000 in supplies for Craven County Schools

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Volunteers were recently honored for collecting and delivering $70,000 in school supplies to Craven County schools after Hurricane Florence.

Partners In Education (PIE), a local education group that helps Craven County Schools, recently held its March meeting, where it celebrated the people who made the #ReStuffTheBus campaign a success.

In August 2018, PIE had just held it’s Stuff the Bus campaign, collecting $35,000 in supplies for Craven County students and teachers to start the new school year.

But, a few weeks later, Hurricane Florence hit Craven County, leaving schools with over $9 million in damages, forcing many schools to close for weeks.

PIE realized much of the supplies received from Stuff the Bus had been damaged by Hurricane Florence, so they started a #ReStuffTheBus campaign.

Chip Chagnon, board president of Craven County ABC, allowed PIE to use the ABC Board’s warehouse to collect and store supplies for the campaign, which received donations of more than $70,000 worth of school supplies from across the U.S.

Additionally, ABC employees Paul Brown, Esther Blevins Patterson and Pat Gulley, helped people unload donations from their vehicles and used ABC’s truck to deliver the supplies to each school as they reopened.

As the supplies were delivered, PIE board members Bradley A Langhans, Diane Bondurant, Katy Gwaltney Chadwick, and Debbie Lynn Hodges called in dozens of local teachers to organize the donated school supplies and personal care items for disbursement to students and teachers.

After the supplies were organized, over 100 teachers affected by Hurricane Florence came to the ABC warehouse to get personal care items and school supplies for themselves, their classrooms, and their students.

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