As many families try to save money during the tax free holiday, there are some who still can't afford to buy those necessities before school starts.
Which is the purpose of the "Fill The Bus Campaign." Saturday is the first day the Pitt County Parent And Teacher Association set up collection boxes at Office Depot as shoppers picked up school supplies.
Organizers say ever since 2003, The PTA has collected a ton of school supplies for all 34 schools in Pitt County.
Close to two hundred bookbags have made it into the hands of needy students on the first day of class. The President of The Pitt County PTA Mary B. Williams says this program has been a blessing.
The Fill The Bus Campaign continues until September 7 and collection boxes will be at Office Depot and Walmart Stores. Parents who need assistance can tell a teacher during open house.