Walmart donates $7,000 in school supplies

Today's THV partnered with United Way to hold a Back-to-School Blitz school supply drive at Bryant Walmart Thursday evening. United Way has hosted school supply drives around Central Arkansas for seven years, but this was the first year United Way has brought the drive to Saline County.
Walmart donated $7,000 worth of school supplies for the cause, and $2,000 worth of supplies were donated by the community, said Denver Landers, public relations director for United Way.
The community will be happy to hear that school supplies collected at the drive will stay in the Bryant School District, said Thelba Lolley, community relations director for THV. The supplies will be administered to each elementary school. The counselors will distribute the supplies to families in need.
We wanted to do this blitz right before school, so that it would "create a lot of energy" because it's an urgent, immediate cause, and that makes people are more apt to donate, Lolley said.
This way, our students can start the year with everything they need to succeed, said Devin Sherrill, communications director of Bryant Schools.
The Bryant High School Hornet Cheerleaders were there, thank you poster signs in-hand, to support the cause.
United Way held the same drive in Benton on Monday and received $2,000 worth of supplies, with additional donations from Walmart.

* Published earlier today in the Saline Courier. A selection of our local stories is available here on the website, but for complete and current coverage of news and events in Saline County, subscribe to our print edition.