Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus is an initiative providing students in our local community with the tools to begin school prepared and confident. Research shows early childhood education is fundamental to child development and helps students' overall academic achievement. Furthermore, early childhood education also impacts aspects of our adult lives, paying big dividends through increased civic engagement, greater neighborhood safety, and a healthy, vibrant community.

Thanks to the support of our community, the United Way Stuff the Bus initiative has provided over 22,000 local students with school supplies since 2012. With your help, we can fill more backpacks and put more smiles on our student's faces!



Rutherford & Cannon County Stuff the Bus Collection Party
Thursday, August 3rd
11 AM - 2 PM

Due to inclement weather, the Stuff the Bus Collection, presented by City Auto, has been moved to First Baptist Church at 200 E. Main Street. Collected school supplies can be dropped off on Thursday, August 3rd, anytime from 11 AM - 2 PM.

The Collection Drive and Sort-a-thon will take place in the gymnasium. Please use the entrance on the corner of Academy St. and Vine St., across from the Murfreesboro Fire Department. See the map below for more directions.




Presented by City Auto


  Our Stuff the Bus Kick-Off Meeting was Wednesday, June 7th. No need to worry if you missed it! Click here to watch!

  Click here to view our sponsorship opportunities!

  For your convenience, please visit one of our designated collection sites:

  Integrity Eye Care

  •   4144 Franklin Road Murfreesboro, TN 37128

  Heritage South Community Credit Union

  • 839 W. College St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129
  • 1115 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130
  • 941 Sgt. Asbury Hawn Way, Smyrna, TN 37167

  Child Advocacy of Cannon County

  •  214 W Water St., Woodbury, TN 37190

  Pinnacle Bank

  • 123 Cason Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
  • 114 W College St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130
  • 1745 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129
  • 2035 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130
  • 2604 S Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37127
  • 467 Sam Ridley Pkwy W, Smyrna, TN 37167
  • 69 S Lowry St., Smyrna, TN 37167

  Murfreesboro Water Resources Department

  • 300 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130

  Middle Tennessee State University

  • College of Education Building on MTSU's Campus located off Blue Raider Drive between the Student Union and Business & Aerospace Buildings 

  Wilson Bank & Trust 

  • 3110 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129
  • 710 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129
  • 4195 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
  • 2640 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37127
  • 210 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167

  Old Time Pottery

  • 480 River Rock Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128

  Smith-Wright Law

  • 122 N. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130

For our Bedford County Stuff the Bus collection sites and event, you can drop off school supplies now through July 28th at a location below or stop by our Stuff the Bus event on July 29th & 30th, from 2  p.m. - 6 p.m. at Walmart 1880 N. Main St., Shelbyville, TN 37160

  Bedford County Government

  • Bedford County Courthouse, 1 Public Square, Shelbyville, TN 37160

  First Community Bank of Tennessee 

  • Main Office - 207 Elm St., Shelbyville, TN 37160
  • Airport Branch - 2841 HWY 231 North, Shelbyville, TN 37160
  • Madison Street Branch - 1051 Madison St., Shelbyville, TN 37160

   Heritage South Community Credit Union

  • 763 N Main St. Shelbyville, TN 37160

   Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library

  • 220 S. Jefferson St., Shelbyville, TN 37160


  There's still time! Sign up here to become a collection site!

   Here are a few ways you can collect:

  •  Select a certain number of backpacks to fill with the designated school supplies at your location.  

  •  Register to be a public collection site and list your address(es) for people to donate backpacks and school supplies.

  •  You can combine the first two options.


  Please collect the designated items and quantities where specified.


  Crayons (24 pk)

  Markers, washable, broad tip (8pk)

  Scissors, 5" blunt tip

  Glue sticks (2)

  Pencil box

  #2 pencils (12pk) Ticonderoga preferred

  Colored pencils (12 pk)

  Spiral Notebook (1 subject)

  Eraser (Large, Pink)

  Folder (two pockets)

  Pencil sharpener (double barrel)

  12" Ruler

  You can use our Amazon Wishlist one of two ways: 

  •   Order from our Wishlist and have the items shipped to the location of your packing event.
  •   If you are not participating in a packing event, you can purchase from the Wishlist and send it to our office.

   View Amazon Wishlist here

 Click here to donate. Every dollar counts toward our goal!

 There are two volunteer shifts available for our Collection Party on August 3rd.

  Click here to volunteer from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  Click here to volunteer from noon - 3 p.m.

  Posters, social media files and sample messaging are available to make your collection drive a breeze! 

  Click here for the Virtual Toolkit Materials