BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The annual “Pack the Bus” event earlier this month in Bedford County was a huge success, bringing in thousands of dollars to provide school supplies for kids in need, according to officials.

On Friday, Aug. 5, Bedford County Public Schools says a school bus was parked at the Walmart in Bedford for a school supply drive during Virginia’s tax-free weekend.

The district says that approximately $10,000 was raised to purchase supplies — such as pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer, glue, binders and backpacks — for students who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of our community,” Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Marc Bergin said. “As a result, many of our students who live in poverty will have the school supplies they need that would have otherwise been difficult for their families to obtain, particularly as prices have soared this year.”

All school supplies will be distributed between the 19 elementary, middle, and high schools to those in need before the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 15, officials say.