The Brown County United Way announced Monday that its 2016 Campaign Kick-off will occur at Underwood’s Cafeteria on Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Underwood’s, located at 404 W. Commerce St., will once again host the kick-off, donating the profits from the day to the campaign. United Way Board members and agencies will be on hand to pass out rolls and help bus tables.
The employees of the barbecue restaurant, which is usually closed on Wednesdays, will be donating their time that day, according to a statement released from United Way.
In conjunction with the kick-off, the Brown County United Way will be holding a “Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect school supplies for the school children of Brown County.
“This is great because it’s something that equalizes the kids here in Brownwood,” said Danny Willingham of Boys & Girls Club of Brown County, which is a partner with Brown County United Way.
“Other kids aren’t able to get the same things as other kids, so this gives it a equal playing field,” Willingham said.
There will be a school bus parked in a few locations throughout the town to collect supplies. The bus will be located at the following locations:
Next Monday – Brookshire’s, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Aug. 4 – United Supermarkets, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Aug. 5 – Underwood’s, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Staples, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We are very excited to be able to try something new for our annual kick-off,” said Karen Lynch, executive director for Brown County United Way. “Our hope is that this will be something the whole community can be involved in and that will benefit all children in the country.”
The Salvation Army will distribute the collected supplies. They will be available to students in the school districts throughout Brown County: Bangs; Blanket; Brookesmith; Brownwood; Early: May; Zephyr.
“There are many children in our community that are unable to obtain the supplies they need for school,” Lynch said. “We hope that this will be something we can do every year and that it will grow every year and we will truly be able to ‘stuff the bus’ and fill it with school supplies.
The Brown County United Way currently supports 13 agencies that benefit the Brown County citizens, including American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA.