Y‑12 donated more than $2,000 and numerous school supplies to ensure students in need are starting the school year with what they need. Working with Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, employees donated money along with some 144 wide-ruled notebooks, 132 packs of crayons, 111 packs of pencils, 80 packs of paper and 66 packs of glue sticks.
“Employees once again shared their giving spirit with those in our communities,” Y‑12 United Way Chair Yvonne Bishop said. While the event precedes the site’s formal United Way campaign kickoff, Bishop said site employees always are ready to respond. ADFAC volunteers use the donations to provide backpacks and school supplies to fulfill more than 7,000 requests for assistance.
“What struck me the most was the passion the volunteers had for their mission. Even with the number of children they serve, each one of the backpacks was customized,” CNS Vice President and Y‑12 Site Manager Bill Tindal said. “They took into account the teacher supply list, the gender, the age of the child, and the school system and filled the backpack with specifically what that child needed.”
ADFAC, which began in the 1980s, works to meet the unfilled needs of community members. To find out more about ADFAC, visit their website or give them a call at 865-483-6028.