School Supplies Collection at Walmart a Success

On behalf of everyone at United Way of Greater Nashua, I would like to extend a big Thank You to everyone who made the “Fill the Bus” school supplies collection drive at Walmart stores in Amherst and Hudson, NH a great success.

The collection, which occurred over three weekends, was a true partnership among Walmart, the Nashua School District, First Student in Nashua, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter (NSKS), and United Way volunteers in support of the NSKS longstanding effort to help kids in need go back to school with the tools they need to succeed.  Using in-store collection “bus” boxes, we received enough school supplies to fill an actual school bus!

Fill the bus volunteers at Hudson Walmart

First Student and United Way of Greater Nashua volunteers greet Walmart customers to promote the “Fill the Bus” collection of school supplies.

Thanks to everyone who donated supplies or cash that was used to purchase more school items. NSKS assembled the donated supplies in backpacks that were distributed to needy families in Greater Nashua.

Thanks to Walmart store managers Tony Tiner (Amherst) and Kat Ward with assistant manager Cristina Doval (Hudson) for supporting the collection and our volunteers. Thanks also to Nashua School District Superintendent Mark Conrad, Ledge Street School Principal Janet Valeri, and First Student’s Deb Gilbertson and Becky Gagnon for additional logistical support.

Of course, our volunteers made this all possible. Thank you to the following for your help:

  • Denise Boyd
  • Tina Burke
  • Sara Corrigan
  • Ben Fitzgerald
  • Rod Hansen
  • Holly Hersee
  • Jennifer Kamerman
  • Yan Lio
  • Carolyn Oguda
  • Judy Petrain
  • The St. John Family
  • Katie Tighe
  • Jake Tisdale

I’d also like to pass along thanks from Mark Conrad who sent the following message to United Way:

“Providing school supplies to students can make a larger difference than you might think in their excitement and motivation for the new school year, and it is a real financial burden for so many families in our community.  Your work will make a difference for our students and their families.”

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