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Thousands of Students Across 37 Coastal Bend School Districts to Benefit from Operation SOS

28th Annual Operation Supply Our Students Stands to Help More Than 10,000 Children Across 37 School Districts - Community initiative to wrap up on August 14th 

August 8, 2018 – Late Tuesday afternoon the last of 37 school districts drove away with brand new school supplies for children in need. 

This joint initiative between United Way of the Coastal Bend, H-E-B, and KRIS Communications brings the community together in support of the more than 45,000 area students who need basic supplies for the new school year. All three partners bear overhead costs so that 100% of the proceeds go toward purchasing supplies.

“The generosity during this year’s Operation SOS has been outstanding,” said Libby Averyt, Chief Development Officer for United Way of the Coastal Bend. “The people of our community gave a lot – from volunteer hours to donations – and that sends a powerful message to these students. We’re giving them the tools they need for a successful start to the school year and that’s something that every child deserves.”

Volunteers from local businesses helped throughout the phases of this initiative – sorting supplies purchased wholesale, stuffing bags with school supplies and helping school district representatives load up their allocation. 

“It’s a way for me to give back to the community what it gave to me as a student,” said H-E-B employee Cassie Hardin when asked why she volunteers time outside of work toward Operation SOS.

Local business CCRV donated a truck, trailer and manpower to get the pre-stuffed bags from the four participating H-E-B stores back to United Way of the Coastal Bend’s building for the two-day distribution stretch.

So far, Operation SOS has provided 37 school districts with 1,440 boxes and 1,900 pre-stuffed bags of new school supplies.

“This changes the life of so many of our students,” said Kristy Keach, Instructional Facilitator for George West ISD. “Through your donations and your generosity, you help those kids feel like they’re just as important as the student they’re sitting next to.”

People can still donate by using the H-E-B tear pads. They will be at check stands through August 14th

“Knowing that our neighbors are behind us and in support of us – that’s what means so very much to us,” said Melissa Gonzales, Superintendent of Refugio ISD.

Local Media Coverage

KRIS 6 Newshttps://kristv.com/news/local-news/2018/08/07/school-districts-pick-up-supplies-from-operation-sos/

Corpus Christi Caller-Timeshttps://www.caller.com/story/news/2018/08/06/operation-sos-gives-students-supplies-and-equal-chance/915677002/

Katia Reports with KRIS 6 Newshttps://kristv.com/news/katia-reports/2018/08/01/operation-sos-continuing-to-provide-area-students-with-much-needed-supplies/

Katia Reports with KRIS 6 Newshttps://kristv.com/news/katia-reports/2018/07/31/operation-sos-underway-to-ensure-area-kids-are-ready-for-school-year/