Stuff the Bus

Children can’t perform at their highest levels without the proper school supplies. United Way of Bedford County helps give a boost to students in need of basic supplies each year with the “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

This year the event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28 at the Walmart parking lot in Shelbyville. A Bedford County school bus will be present to provide a collection point for supplies.

Shelbyville’s Walmart will once again be providing special packaging for those wanting to purchase supplies in a quick, easy and inexpensive manner. Collection boxes are available at several locations in Bedford County. Those interested in helping with the effort can drop off their donations at Tennova Healthcare, First Community Bank locations, Pinnacle, Traders Bank, Heritage South Credit Union, First Bank and the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department.

Donations have been pledged by Musgrave Pencil, Shelbyville Pen and Pencil and Newell. Boxes were dropped off at the various locations July 6th and will be picked up July 30th. Financial contributions are also accepted and encouraged.

Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program

The Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program began in 1994 in Bedford County.

The mission of Great Strides is to provide physical therapy exercises and recreation for riders with physical and/or mental disabilities through horseback riding. Great Strides receives funding from United Way of Bedford County, the Shelbyville Civitan Club, and independent donors. According to Great Strides, “research has shown horseback riding is one of the most beneficial of all forms of therapy for those who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged.

When riding a horse disabled riders experience a feeling of balance, suppleness, ease confidence and joy. The program operates each year from April through October. A horse show is scheduled in June with advanced ridings participating. Riding sessions are scheduled from April through October starting at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Movements of the horses stimulate muscles to build strength, and the relationships with the horses allow opportunities for communication and socialization.
Volunteers and donations are always welcome. The sessions are held at Clearview Horse Farm on Highway 231 South.