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Volunteers work to 'Stuff the Bus' with supplies for Nashville students

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The start of a new school year is less than two weeks away, so the rush has already begun to stock up on school supplies.

On Thursday, close to 600 volunteers stuffed 7,500 backpacks with learning tools for Metro Nashville students.

"This is a really expensive time of the year for families. And when there are families that have to make decisions between rent and utilities and food, this is just one more expense that we can take off their plate for them," said Mary Jo Wiggins with the United Way of Nashville.

Adrienne Weiss gave up some of her summer vacation for the sort-a-thon.

"I am just trying to help out the community because not everyone is as fortunate as most people are. They don't have money to afford school supplies," Weiss said.

Jennifer Miller, who volunteered with some of her co-workers from Bridgestone, knows just how costly school supplies can be since her child is in elementary school.

"At least $50, $100. I mean, it's expensive," she said.

Volunteers from several local companies brought boxes of donated school supplies out to the Stuff the Bus event.

They unpacked and counted and then filled backpacks for two solid hours.

"The seven schools we are delivering them to, there will be a backpack for every child at that school, so everybody will have that fresh start," Wiggins said.

Volunteers stuffed boxes full of backpacks onto five UPS trucks and one tractor-trailer.

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