The Senior Citizens class at the Shelbyville Recreation Center made a contribution to "Stuff the Bus"

2018 Stuff the Bus Campaign

The annual “Stuff the Bus” drive was a great success this season as United Way of Bedford County teamed with the Bedford County Board of Education to collect school supplies.

Yellow boxes were furnished around town during the month of July. The official date for “Stuff the Bus” was July 28 at the Walmart in Shelbyville. You can see and read more in the article from the Times Gazette.

“We want to thank the many people who made purchases of school supplies as well as those who made financial contributions,” Mark McGee, United Way of Bedford County executive director, said. “The weather was perfect and so many responded to the needs of local school children who might not otherwise have the proper supplies for school this year.

“Walmart was once again a great host. And we also want to thank Kenny Parker for delivering the bus to the event.”

Members of the Cascade Interact Club, including Tori Hull and Savanah Emery, helped with the collection of supplies. Also active in helping during the event were UW board chairman Joseph Forsee, his wife, Carye, and their daughter, Elizabeth.  Board member Vickie Hull also helped with the collection of items along with Connie Boutwell and Marilyn Morgan from the Bedford County Board of Education.

Also providing assistance were Glen Forsee, who picked up many filled boxes, Linda Forsee who assisted with inventorying supplies and Margaret and Mitchell McGee who helped deliver boxes.

Community Middle School, Jostens, Musgrave Pencil Company, Newell Brands and Shepenco provided cartons of various supplies.

Tyson Foods presented a check for $758.95 as well as collecting supplies from employees at the production facility.

Several generous cash contributions were made by individuals as well with Tennova Healthcare collecting both supplies and money.

Boxes were available at the Bedford County Republican Party, H.B. Cowan Insurance, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, FirstBank, First Community Bank, Heritage South Community Credit Union, Peoples Bank of Middle Tennessee, Pinnacle Financial, Regions Bank, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette and Traders Bank.

“The response was overwhelming,” McGee said. “The need to help thousands of students is great.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for all they did for us. We are hopeful for an even bigger response next year.”

Ducks on the Duck

Inaugural Ducks on the Duck Event

On Labor Day, Sept. 3, United Way of Bedford County plans to race more than 3,100 rubber ducks down the Duck River in the first ever “Ducks on the Duck” race.

The ducks have arrived in Shelbyville and are ready to be numbered. The owner of the winning duck will receive $1,000. There will be additional prizes for second through 10th place.

Tickets are on sale through members of the United Way board. All proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund various local charitable organizations.

One of the ducks dropped by the United Way office this week and talked about the upcoming event. He has not received his number yet so he remains the “anonymous” duck.

UW: Are you glad to have finally arrived in Shelbyville?

The Duck: “It was a long trip from Hong Kong starting back in May when we were fresh off the production line. But we finally arrived in Shelbyville July 30. We all came over by ship to Long Beach, California and then rode the train to Smyrna before the last leg in the back of a pick-up truck. At least, we didn’t have to swim over here on our own. We would have been too tired to race.”

UW: Are you excited about taking an active part in this first ever event?

The Duck: “Yes. I can’t wait to be numbered and hit the water at noon for the race. It should be a lot of fun.

“People can buy a numbered ticket for $5 or a “Quacker Box’ with a half dozen of my fellow ducks for $25. Or they can really go “quackers” and buy a “quacker dozen” for $50.”

UW: What makes you special as a rubber racing duck?

The Duck: “We are guaranteed not to turn over. We will stay upright throughout the race.

“There will be a trap to catch the first 10 ducks to cross the finish line. A net will catch the rest of us.

“The cool part is any duck that is not caught in the net will not hang around the river for long. We are all biodegradable.”

UW: All the ducks will race at noon.  How do you plan to spend the rest of the day?

The Duck: Everything gets underway at 11 a.m. behind the old bank building on the square as well as at Fisherman’s Park.

“There will be a variety of live entertainment that should be absolutely ducky. And I hear there are going to be several food trucks though I will have to wait until after the race is over to eat. I don’t want to be too heavy to compete.

“There will be fun and games until 3 p.m. We hope everyone will take advantage of this local new Labor Day event and help United Way of Bedford County, a worthy cause.”