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More than 25,000 Coastal Bend students receive free school supplies through Operation SOS

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – More than 25,000 Coastal Bend students will start school with the supplies they need thanks to Operation Supply Our Students (SOS), an initiative spearheaded by United Way of the Coastal Bend in partnership with H-E-B and KRIS Communications.

The initiative, now in its 32nd year, provides basic school supplies to students in Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.

A total of 43 public school districts received supplies through this year’s Operation SOS:

  • Agua Dulce ISD
  • Alice ISD
  • Aransas Pass ISD
  • Austwell-Tivoli ISD
  • Banquete ISD
  • Beeville ISD
  • Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD
  • Benavides ISD
  • Bishop Consolidated ISD
  • Brooks County ISD
  • Calallen ISD
  • Corpus Christi ISD
  • Driscoll ISD
  • Flour Bluff ISD
  • Freer ISD
  • George West ISD
  • Gregory-Portland ISD
  • Ingleside ISD
  • Kenedy County-Wide CSD
  • Kingsville ISD
  • La Gloria ISD
  • London ISD
  • Mathis ISD
  • Odem-Edroy ISD
  • Orange Grove ISD
  • Pawnee ISD Pettus ISD
  • Port Aransas ISD
  • Premont ISD
  • Ramirez Common School District
  • Refugio ISD
  • Ricardo ISD
  • Riviera ISD
  • Robstown ISD
  • San Diego ISD
  • Santa Gertrudis ISD
  • Sinton ISD
  • Skidmore-Tynan ISD
  • Taft ISD
  • Three Rivers ISD
  • Tuloso-Midway ISD
  • West Oso ISD
  • Woodsboro ISD

Once received, administrators within each school district work to ensure that the school supplies go to students with the greatest need.

“With increased costs and supply chain issues, many students and their families are struggling. By providing school supplies, students won’t have to worry about whether they have enough pencils and paper and can focus on their education,” said Libby Averyt, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend.

In addition to partners H-E-B and KRIS Communications, United Way of the Coastal Bend would also like to thank 1st Community Bank in Portland, Catherine Hilliard at HMG Law Firm, First State Bank of Texas - Three Rivers, Kenedy Memorial Foundation, Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC), NuStar Energy, Sames Ford, The Selena Foundation, and Valero Corpus Christi Refineries for their support for this year’s Operation SOS.

Those wishing to support Operation SOS can continue to do so through August 16, 2022. Donations can be made online at or by texting “SOS” 91999. Donations can also be made when shopping in-store or online at H-E-B. One hundred percent of the funds donated to Operation SOS go toward the wholesale purchase of basic school supplies.