SOUND/VIDEO: Trident United Way’s virtual school supply drive delivers much-needed items to local schools

Generous donors come together to supply nearly $42,000 worth of goods for schools


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Trident United Way and our partners are busy delivering school supplies to classrooms in need across the Tri-County.

Led by volunteers who are part of Trident United Way's Young Leaders United, they came through with an incredible effort to fund nearly $42,000 worth of school supplies!

More than 300 individual donors and 16 companies opened their hearts to collect nearly 8,000 items for children in need at elementary schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Despite many students working virtually to begin the year, items are still vital for classrooms and teachers.

All supplies purchased will be distributed to Title I elementary schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Some donors like Carolina One and Select Health of South Carolina stepped up to provide hundreds of backpacks and supplies. Select Health has a special health message for parents and students.

Courtnay Thompson / Select Health Market President says the are proud to make a donation of backpacks and supplies:

"We found it very important that we equip our children to go back to school with back to school supplies, but they also contain information about getting well-child visits and immunizations, which we all know this year has taken a little bit of a different turn.," Thompson said. “With all of the economic impacts of COVID, equipping families to have the supplies they need and take that one burden off of them, it’s the least we can do in my opinion.”

Pictured L to R, Midland Park Primary Principal Elizabeth McCraw, Asst. Principal S. Gayle Morris, Chloe Knight Tonney, Courtnay Thompson of Select Health of SC and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

Education is one of three focus areas for Trident United Way, along with Financial Stability and Health. We are working with community partners to identify innovative programs and resources for our Tri-County community that support parents, connect families with programs and resources as well as make sure all children are kindergarten ready by age five. 

Trident United Way is grateful for our teachers and support staff and hopes the community can stand UNITED behind a successful and safe upcoming school year.



Celebrating 75 years of service, Trident United Way is a catalyst for measurable community transformation in education, financial stability and health. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, United Way is America’s favorite charity.