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Operation Supply Our Students

Make a Difference for Coastal Bend Students

We partner with H-E-B and KRIS Communications for Operation Supply Our Students (Operation SOS) – a community-wide donation and school supply drive. There are about 70,000 students enrolled throughout the 60 Coastal Bend communities we serve and more than 45,000 of them don't have the basic supplies they'll need to start the school year. We believe that every child deserves a quality education and the chance to be successful, which is why we work hard to ensure that as many students as possible have the supplies they need on day one. But we can't do it without your help.

The Far-Reaching Effects of Operation SOS

Read our blog post about the success of Operation SOS so far and hear about its positive effect on children from area school district representatives. 

Ways to Contribute to the 28th Annual Operation SOS

Every year, 100% of the donations go toward purchasing supplies wholesale. You can contribute to Operation SOS in the following ways. 

Donate Online

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.  

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.  


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. 

Purchase a Pre-Stuffed Bag at H-E-B July 30-August 3, 2018

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.

Hold a Supply Drive

You can hold a school supply drive at your place of business. Everything we need is on the School Supply List on this page. Please note that businesses are responsible for delivering the supplies to our office building (4659 Everhart Rd.). Please call 361-882-2529 to coordinate a drop-off date and time.

Important Dates for the 28th Annual Operation SOS

H-E-B Tear Pads: July 11 - August 14, 2018
Purchase Pre-Stuffed Bags at Participating Stores: July 30 - August 3, 2018
Online Donations and Text-to-Give: Now through August 6, 2018


Thank you for your interest in helping us make this drive a success. We can always use extra hands when schools come by to pick up supplies the week of August 6th. Visit our Get Involved page for more details on volunteering.

School Supply List

Crayons, pencils, wide- and college-ruled notebook paper, glue sticks, 12" ruler (wood or plastic), ballpoint pens, two-pocket folders (various colors) and safety scissors