28th Annual Straight from the Heart Sack Pack Kickoff!

On Friday, May 8, Knox County’s Carter Elementary School students helped to officially kick off the 28th Annual Straight from the Heart Sack Pack Material Drive to benefit Goodwill Industries-Knoxville. Sack Pack donation drives are taking place May 11th through 15th in Knox County, Anderson County, Hamblen County, Oak Ridge City and Clinton City elementary and middle schools. Students are encouraged to bring donations of gently used clothing, toys and other household goods to their schools to benefit Goodwill Industries-Knoxville.

In exchange for their bag of donations, participating Knox and Anderson county students will be rewarded with a McDonald’s ‘Be Our Guest’ coupon and a free admission coupon to the American Museum of Science and Energy. Hamblen County students will receive a McDonald’s coupon and the opportunity to win tickets to Dollywood or win an ice cream party for their class.

Last year, students brought in nearly 40,000 pounds of donations for Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. during the Sack Pack donation drives. Donations made to Goodwill are sold in Goodwill’s 30 regional retail stores; proceeds allow Goodwill Industries-Knoxville to provide vocational services and employment opportunities to people with barriers to employment across their 15 county service area across East Tennessee.

Sack Pack sponsors include Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc., WBIR-Channel 10, the American Museum of Science and Energy, McDonald’s, Keep Anderson County Beautiful, Keep Hamblen-Morristown Beautiful, and Dollywood.

For more information regarding the Goodwill Sack Pack Material Drive, including a list of participating schools, please call the Marketing Department at 865.588.8567 or visit www.gwiktn.org.