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Operation Supply Our Students
There are about 70,000 students enrolled in school across the 60 Coastal Bend communities we serve. More than 45,000 of those students don't have the basic supplies needed for the first day of school. Please join us in supporting these children by giving to the 28th annual Operation Supply Our Students (Operation SOS). United Way of the Coastal Bend and our long-time partners of this fundraiser – KRIS Communications and H-E-B – take on the financial overhead so that 100% of proceeds can be used to purchase school supplies.
Here's how you can help:
Donate Online or via Text
You can make a gift through our website's secure Operation SOS donation portal until August 6, 2018. Every dollar you donate goes toward purchasing new school supplies for students in need. You can also make an easy, swift and secure donation in the amount of your choosing by texting "SOS" to 91999. Just send the text and then follow the prompt to make a payment with a card. Your card information is protected through a system that's certified 100% Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant.
H-E-B Tear Pads
Make a quick and easy donation when you purchase groceries from July 11-August 14, 2018. Just look for the tear pads in the check-out aisle, tear off the amount you'd like to give and hand it to your friendly H-E-B cashier. They'll scan the sheet and the amount will be added to your total.
Pre-Stuffed Supply Bags
Pick up a pre-stuffed bag of school supplies as you enter one of the participating H-E-B stores from July 30th-August 3rd. These locations will have the bags on display ready for you to pick up, pay for and then drop in the bin on your way out. Each bag costs about $6 and represents one Coastal Bend student who's now prepared for the first day of school. Check back soon for a list of participating stores. Our team will also be on-location at one store each day of that week to take donations via cash, check or card. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see where we're set up July 30th-August 3rd.