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 month-long, community-wide donation and school supply drive. There are more than 70,000 students enrolled throughout the 60 Coastal Bend communities we serve and over half 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.

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. 

H-E-B Tear Pads

Make a quick and easy donation when you purchase groceries. 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. 

Purchase a Pre-Stuffed Bag at H-E-B

Pick up a pre-stuffed bag of school supplies as you enter your neighborhood H-E-B store the week of July 30 -August 3, 2018. Participating stores 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 in the bin represents one Coastal Bend student who's now prepared for the first day of school.

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 supplies.  


Make a swift and secure donation in the amount of your choosing by texting "SOS" to 91999. 

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: TBA
Purchase Pre-Stuffed Bags: July 30 - August 2, 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