SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – One of the Coastal Empire’s biggest back-to-school giveaways returns this August.

The Ready Set Go! Back to School (RSGBTS) giveaway is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Henderson E. Formey Jr. Early Learning Center (400 E. Broad St.).

The event, now in its 14th year, aims to provide 5,000 bags full of school supplies for students in Chatham and surrounding counties.

But RSGBTS can’t do it alone.


The back-to-school giveaway is made possible by sponsorships, partnerships, volunteer support and community donations.

If you’re interested in contributing, take a look at the needed items:

  • 3-prong, 2-pocket folders
  • Kids scissors
  • Wide ruled notebook paper
  • Crayons
  • Composition books
  • Index cards
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pens/pencils
  • Dry erase marker
  • 2-inch binders
  • Binder dividers
  • College ruled notebook paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition books
  • Index cards
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighter

Stuff the Bus with WSAV News 3

WSAV has participated in the RSGBTS campaign since its conception. We’re excited to bring our Stuff the Bus event to your local Walmarts.

The News 3 team will be out with the bus from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to help gather donations:

  • Monday, July 18: Ogeechee Road Walmart on Highway 17
  • Tuesday, July 19: Montgomery Crossroad Walmart (sponsored by Dyess Heating & Air)
  • Wednesday, July 20: Abercorn Street Walmart by Savannah Mall (sponsored by Innovative Concrete)
  • Thursday, July 21: Pooler Walmart (sponsored by the Mike Hostilo Law Firm)
  • Friday, July 22: Walmart near South University on the corner of Mall Boulevard and Waters Avenue (sponsored by South University)

Drop-off locations

RSGBTS has arranged for other drop-off locations, including Savannah businesses:

  • Alluring Braiding Studio (6815 Forest Park Drive, Suite 223)
  • Brighter Day Natural Foods (1102 Bull Street)
  • Finesse Family Hair Care (12 Old W. Lathrop Avenue)
  • Solomon’s Beauty Salon (1612 MLK Blvd.)

Live Oak Public Libraries branches are also accepting donations:

  • Bull Street Library (2002 Bull St., Savannah)
  • Forest City Library (1501 Stiles Ave., Savannah)
  • Garden City Library (104 Sunshine Ave., Garden City)
  • Islands Library (50 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Savannah)
  • Oglethorpe Mall Library (7 Mall Annex, Savannah)
  • Southwest Chatham Library (14097 Abercorn St., Savannah)

The branches are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WSAV is proud to once again sponsor the RSGBTS giveaway. Sponsorship opportunities are available until June 30.