by Brandon Anderson
YOUNGSVILLE — The Stuff the Bus event hosted by Youngsville Masonic Lodge #377 brought in more than $4,000 in cash donations and more than 1,000 individual school supplies ranging from backpacks to notepads to pens and paper towels to Youngsville Elementary School July 22.
Donations for the event began Feb. 29 and continued through July 15.
Past Master Michael Hurt announced at the drop-off they exceeded their goal in donations and that it served as a testimony for the community working together to help one another.
“From the police department, municipalities, churches, schools, it has all been a team effort,” Hurt said. “America was founded on being able to take care of our own.”
The students gathered at the drop-off showed their appreciation for the donations with a loud YES roar.
Franklin County Board of Education Member Gilbert Johnson agreed with Hurt that this event served as a testimony to the friendship and loving service that the community has for each other and for the school.
“That’s why we have such a great school here, because of the support of all the community around us,” Johnson said. “When we need things, they jump in there and help.”
The effort was inspired by the ministry of the Fruit of the Spirit, which conducted a similar project at New Hope Elementary School in Henderson.
“I hope that everyone gets involved in schools,” said Burnedette Jefferson of the Fruit of the Spirit “If we do not give to the future, things will not get better.”
It is the hope of Hurt and others that this event will be a stepping stone to furthering the education of students and providing the means in which they can achieve their potential.
“I hope that the lack of schools supplies will not be the reason for a child not to receive a proper education,” Hurt said.