Cram the Van


Escambia County’s School District-approved supply drive has officially kicked-off for the 2018-19 school year. Businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to host a school supply drive for local students, while four area Wal-Marts will host Cram-A-Thons on July 26 and July 28. Cram the Van, a partnership between Sandy Sansing Dealerships, WEAR ABC 3, WFGX 35, Cat County 98.7, NewsRadio 1620, the Escambia County School District, and United Way of Escambia County, 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.

In 2018, over 35,000 items were donated to Cram the Van with a total value of $62,189. Coupled with $22,800 in monetary gifts, Cram the Van had an impact of $84,989 on Escambia County students. In addition, 251 volunteers served a total of 657 hours, valued at $16,221, in support of our school systems.


Ways to get involved:

GIVE: Host a school supply collection drive or make a donation. Collection drive efforts and donations directly impact a student’s ability to learn and send them back to school with a smile! Checks can be made out to United Way of Escambia County.

VOLUNTEER: Individuals and groups can volunteer to support Cram the Van with various tasks like sorting, counting, loading and unloading supplies, and more! Volunteers are essential to Cram the Van and the more than 7,400 local students it supports.

ADVOCATE: United we fight. United we win. Combine the efforts of your independent school drive with Cram the Van to grow our collective impact. TOGETHER we can ensure more Escambia County students win. 


To volunteer or to learn more, contact Education Outreach and Volunteer Manager, Kristy Craig at or (850) 912-8176.