DelSolia is gearing up for this year’s Tidelands Health “Stuff the Bus” drive, which kicks off July 9. Employee partners throughout the health system will donate items that in turn will be delivered to several local schools, including St. James Elementary School, St. James Middle School, Seaside Elementary School, Burgess Elementary School and Georgetown Middle School.
Derrick Grove, who recently was promoted to operations manager of food service at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, has helped with the drive for years organizing the items and loading them in delivery trucks, but this will be his first time leading the effort at Tidelands Georgetown.
“This program is a part of what we do,” Grove said. “For some of the parents in this area, they want to try to afford it and they just can’t. It’s very important to try to get it for them and help them out as much as we can.”
Grove – who has four kids, only his youngest still in high school – remembers the lengthy school supply lists his kids brought him – and trying to juggle finances to buy everything they needed.
“I had to come up with the money. Sometimes I had to decide which was priority,” he said.