TSYS team members in Columbus stuffed 1,070 backpacks for the Stuff the Bus initiative organized by the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. Team members also collected supplies for 60 more backpacks and raised enough money to purchase 43 more stuffed bags. The United Way values each bag at $30, which puts a $35,190 value on TSYS’ contribution.
At a celebration to reveal to how many backpacks team members had stuffed, Bill Pruett, Senior EVP and President North America Services at TSYS, thanked team members for their contributions. “This is what makes us a great company. I’m proud of you,” he said.
Scott Ferguson, President and CEO of the Chattahoochee Valley United Way, was moved by the sight of backpacks piled high on the Campus Auditorium stage and covering the floor around the stage. “You always amaze us. Your generosity is phenomenal,” Scott said. He noted that 68 percent of Muscogee County students live in poverty, according to the Muscogee Country School District. The backpacks that the United Way collects will be given to students who attend schools which have the highest rate of students living in poverty.
Penny Wise, 2015 TSYS United Way Campaign Chair, is excited to kick off the campaign with such great participation. “The generosity of our team members is inspiring. They never cease to amaze me, and I am honored to work with such wonderful people.”