SHEFFIELD – Bank Independent will kick off its sixth annual School Share drive on July 8 to collect supplies for local children. School supplies can be dropped off at any of the Bank’s 28 North Alabama locations between July 8 - 26.

Bank Independent team members will also be at Walmart locations in Florence and Huntsville on the final day collecting school supplies to “Stuff the Bus” and raise awareness for the needs of local families.

The bank hopes to build on the success of last year’s drive which collected almost 20,000 items. Supplies will be distributed through local organizations including Sidney’s Safe! Foundation and New Beginnings Church in the Shoals, and the Department of Human Resources in Limestone and Lawrence counties. Items needed include backpacks, headphones, notebooks, paper, pencils, glue, folders, crayons, markers, and rulers.

“Our customers are invested in serving the community, and particularly rally around causes that affect children. Providing basic school supplies makes a big impact,” said Rick Wardlaw, CEO of Bank Independent.

Bank Independent has also pledged to match customers’ Smart Swipe savings up to a total of $10,000 between July 24–26. Smart Swipe is a simple savings plan that rounds up change from Bank Independent Debit Card purchases to the next dollar and deposits the difference into another BI account of the customer’s choosing. Every swipe during the three-day period will be matched by a Bank Independent donation to School Share partner organizations.