With the new school year just around the corner, United Way of Escambia County and partners held the annual Cram the Van campaign in July! Each year businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals host school supply drives to benefit local students and ensure that they return to school with the tools needed to succeed.
Additional support to Cram the Van comes in the form of ‘Cram-A-Thons’. This year, four area Walmarts hosted these events. On July 26, United Way staff, coupled with volunteers and support from Sandy Sansing, WEAR 3 ABC, Cat Country 98.7, and the Escambia County School District braved the heat and elements outside the Walmarts on Mobile Highway and Creighton Road, collecting supplies from generous shoppers. Volunteers distributed ‘shopping lists’ detailing the supplies most requested by teachers and then ‘crammed’ the vans supplied by Sandy Sansing Dealerships and the school district with supplies.
The event shifted to the Walmarts on Pensacola Boulevard and Blue Angel Parkway on Saturday, July 28. While even more vans were being crammed, volunteers came out in droves to the J.E. Hall Center Warehouse to help sort the supplies that had already been received.
In addition to this year’s Cram-A-Thons, there were 42 supply drives held by various healthcare providers, retailers, banking and educational institutions, and more throughout the community. United Way of Escambia County also collected nearly $8,000 in monetary donations at the Cram-A-Thon events that will be distributed entirely to the Escambia County School District to purchase additional supplies for students and teachers.
Cram the Van is a partnership between Sandy Sansing Dealerships, WEAR ABC 3, WFGX 35, Cat County 98.7, NewsRadio 1620, the Escambia County School District, United Way of Santa Rosa County, and United Way of Escambia County. Cram the Van has served the community since 1999 and works to ensure that Escambia County students have the tools needed to succeed in the upcoming school year.