On Friday, August 13th, West Alabama Wholesale held a back-to-school drive for two area elementary schools.

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Central elementary and Matthews Elementary were both on the receiving end of school supplies collected by West Alabama Wholesale. Supplies were donated by community remembers employees, and more to help the kids this school year. The event featured food trucks, giveaways, a live DJ, and more.


West Alabama Wholesale Employee Tre Lanier spoke about what made the company choose Central and Matthews Elementary for their back-to-school drive. "Simply because I attended both schools and because we know that underprivileged children go there and they need some help," Tre said.

The pandemic played a major part in this decision as well. It's without question that many students weren't able to have the proper supplies last school year for many reasons.  "During the pandemic, it was pretty messed up. Children went without a lot of school supplies and couldn't don't adequately do their work so we wanted to be prepared this time."

The back-to-school drive was a huge success according to Tre Lanier. People also enjoyed the food trucks that were in attendance as well. It's really something special when businesses in the area hold events such as this to support members of the community. Lanier said that with this event, "We're showing that we're a bigger part of the community than just a car dealership."

If you'd like to donate school supplies you can still drop them off at West Alabama Wholesale at 3010 Skyland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.

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