United Way provides free backpacks and supplies to 4,000 Greenville County students


Nearly 4,000 Greenville County students in kindergarten through eighth grade will start the school year with a new backpack and supplies thanks to United Way of Greenville County’s 18th annual School Tools supply drive.

Backpacks and bags filled with paper, pencils, markers and binders were distributed to families Saturday morning at an event hosted at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville.

Families lined up early Saturday morning to receive the supplies, which were donated by volunteers at more than 100 Greenville County companies and organizations. The volunteers filled School Tools bags with grade level-specific school supplies, including all the basics to help students start the school year ready to succeed. 

In addition to school supplies, each student was provided with free books as part of a partnership effort with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Read Greenville, a community-wide awareness program focused on the importance of reading. 

Individual donations and corporate contributions from Duke Energy Foundation and Gateway Wealth Solutions Raymond James provided an additional $7,000 to support this year’s effort.

“Community support for this year’s School Tools project has been outstanding,” said Ted Hendry, president of United Way of Greenville County. “We are so thankful to all of the individuals and companies who provided school supplies. Their efforts and generosity will go a long way in helping to ensure that students throughout Greenville County begin the school year with the best possible start.”

Thanks to these great companies and organizations for their contributions to School Tools:

3M Company

Action Research Corporation

AECOM Technical Services, Inc.

Ahold USA

Allen Tate Realtors

America's Homeplace

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

B2B Media, LLC

BASF Corporation - Mauldin

Bausch + Lomb

BE&K Building Group

Belk, Inc. Southern Division - Simpsonville

Belk, Inc.- Haywood mall

Bennett Equipment & Supply Co., Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS -  Garlington Road Office

Berkshire Hathaway - Fairview Road office

BMW Manufacturing Co, LLC

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Brown & Brown of SC Inc.

Canal Insurance

Carolina Alliance Bank

Carolinas Telco FCU

Cass Information Systems, Inc., Telecom Services Division

CBRE, Inc.

Coldwell Banker Caine

CPI Security Systems

Design Strategies, LLC

Duke Energy

Elliott Davis

EuroKera North America, Inc.

Fabri-Kal Corporation

Find Great People International

First Baptist Church, Greenville

Fox Carolina

FUEL - Digital Marketing & Branding

Furman University

G3 Real Estate Services, LLC dba Goldsmith Company

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Gateway Wealth Solutions Raymond James

GCS - Special Ed Services


Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing


Greenville Arena District

Greenville Civitans

Greenville Country Club

Greenville County Redevelopment Authority

Greenville Health System

Greenville Swamp Rabbits  

Greenville Technical College

Greenwood Genetic Center

HomeTrust Bank

Hubbell Lighting, Inc.

Immedion, LLC

Industrial Project Innovation (IPI), LLC

Integrated Power Services, LLC

ITW - Hartness International, Inc.

J. Freeman & Associates

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

JHM Hotels

Keller Williams Greenville Central


Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville

LS3P Associates LTD

Marsh USA Inc

Mauldin United Methodist Church

McMillan Pazdan Smith

Meals on Wheels Greenville


Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nutra Manufacturing, Inc.

O'Neal Inc.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Pierburg Inc.

Pintail Capital Partners

Propel HR, Inc.

Public Education Partners


Regional Management Corporation

Resurgent Capital Services

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Solvay Specialty Polymers

South State Bank

Southern First Bank

Superior Healthcare


TD Bank

The Blood Connection

The Furman Co.

The Kindness Project

The Reynolds Company

The Spa At West End

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home

UBS Financial Services Inc.

United Community Bank

United Health Group

Upcountry History Museum

UPS Inside Sales Division



Willis Towers Watson

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP