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July 14, 2014

United Way seeks book donations

— The United Way of Athens-Limestone County is urging members of the community to donate new and gently used books to local school-age children (pre-K through 12) as part of its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign begins Aug. 1 and will culminate at the Day of Caring celebration on Friday, Sept. 12, at First Baptist Church in Athens with a luncheon at noon. Anyone who participates in the effort is an invited guest at the luncheon.

The heart of the initiative is to help children be successful scholastically by encouraging them to read more. Ultimately, the group hopes successful students will grow to be successful in their respective community.

“Our vision at the United Way of Athens-Limestone County is to be a leader in our community where all individual and families achieve their potential through education, which leads to financial stability and healthier lifestyles,” said a press release from the United Way. “Our mission is to secure resources to include financial support, volunteers and in-kind donations of goods and services. We accomplish this by providing high quality community services through collaborations and partnerships aligned with our vision.”

The collected books will be given to each school within the city of Athens and Limestone County. Once the books have been delivered to the schools, the schools will use the books to add to the library, be given to students as reading gifts or used by instructors for the reading program.

Individuals or groups who may not have books to give but still want to donate to the drive can also make a financial donation. The United Way will work with local vendors to purchase books for the program. Each book will contain a sticker on the inside cover indicating it was donated through the generosity of citizens of Limestone County through the “Stuff the Bus 2014” program.

A list of potential reading titles has been compiled and may be found at the United Way’s website at or at the agency’s Facebook page, United Way Athens-Limestone.

“The success of this campaign depends on the commitment of our community to help our students. We are asking for your cooperation,” the release said. “With your help in collecting books, taking them to one of our sites or even being a site where individuals could drop off books for this initiative, we can make a difference for our students.”

The United Way is also asking the community to promote the drive via church bulletins, email chains, Facebook pages and websites.

Collections sites for the campaign include:

• Athens State University Library

• Belle Chevre

• Calhoun Community College-Student Union Building

• First Baptist Church in Athens

• First Baptist Church Tanner

• First Presbyterian Church in Athens

• Friendship Methodist Church

• Isom’s Chapel United Methodist Church

• Joe’s Pharmacy in East Limestone

• Old Gin House BBQ

• Pablos on Market Street    

• Sardis Springs Baptist

• Seven Mile Post Road Church

• St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

• Village Pizza

Those who have questions or concerns are asked to call the United Way at 256-233-2323 or email

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