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Lee County United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign

Thousands of children in Lee County alone live below the poverty line, and with school beginning in early August, area groups are determined not to let one student start their year unprepared.

The United Way of Lee County is one organization making sure that each child is equipped with what they need for a successful year.

"We average there is about 5,000 children in this community living below the poverty line," says Chandler Barrett with United Way of Lee County. "So it's really important to us that all of the kids are able to go to school, and start off prepared to learn, and not be worried about being embarrassed on their first day to be without school supplies."

Throughout July, 20 businesses around the county have displayed donation bins for the "Stuff the Bus" campaign, and the bins have been filled to the brim.

In 2013, the drive collected more than $10,000 worth of school supplies. Officials hope to exceed that goal in 2014.

"Of course it is the tax free holiday weekend for school supplies, so it's a great opportunity to pick up some while you are out shopping for your kids and drop them off," Barrett says.  

Next week, the team will sort through the supplies and distribute them evently between Auburn, Opelika and Lee County Schools just in time for the first day of classes.

"This community has come together so much in this drive," Barrett says. "It really means a lot to us that the community cares so much about the children."

The United Way will be in Tiger Town Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of BestBuy. Any and all donations are welcome.

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