Blue Cross Volunteers Deliver School Supplies to Lafayette-Area Students

Aug. 23, 2019

LAFAYETTE – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana “Team Blue” employee volunteers packed more than 1,000 backpacks with school supplies for children in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin and Vermillion parishes.

Blue Cross undertook this project to support United Way of Acadiana’s “Stuff the Bus” program. This annual program generates more than 40,000 school supply items and typically reaches thousands of children in 68 local schools.

Team Blue delivered school supplies to students at:

  • South Crowley Elementary
  • Ross Elementary
  • North Crowley Elementary
  • Eaton Park Elementary
  • James A. Herod Elementary

“Each year, our employees give more than 24,000 hours in volunteer time to Louisiana nonprofits,” said Michael Tipton, head of Community Relations and Blue Cross Foundation president. “We want to make a lasting difference in Louisiana because it’s where all of our employees work, live and play.”

“United Way of Acadiana wants every child in Acadiana to start the school year off with everything they need to succeed,” said Brittani O'Hara, United Way of Acadiana Volunteer Mobilization Manager. “Stuff the Bus is one of the many ways we can come together as a community to invest in the success of children in Acadiana,” explained O'Hara. “We invite everyone to be a part of this effort to give all students the opportunity to do great things in the classroom despite their circumstances.”

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Volunteers pack boxes of school supplies at North Crowley Elementary School.