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Operation Supply Our Students

Operation SOS
Made possible thanks to a partnership between

United Way of the Coastal Bend, KRIS 6 News, and H-E-B

Each year, United Way of the Coastal Bend partners with H-E-B and KRIS Communications for Operation Supply Our Students (SOS) - a community-wide fundraiser and school supply drive that provides basic school supplies to Coastal Bend children in need. Around 67,500 students are enrolled throughout the 60 Coastal Bend communities we serve, many whom will lack basic supplies to start the school year. We believe every child deserves a quality education and the chance to be successful, which is why we work to ensure that as many students as possible have the supplies they need.

But, we can't do this without your help. With your support, we can help local students start the school year with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom.

Ways to contribute to the 31st Annual Operation SOS

You can contribute to Operation SOS in the following ways:

  • Make a donation online.
    100% of the donations we receive go toward the wholesale purchase of basic school supplies.
     
  • Make a corporate donation.
    If your business or organization is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for Operation SOS, please contact Stephanie Jordan at (361)882-2529 Ext. 125.
     
  • Make a donation via text message.
    Text "SOS" to 91999 to make a donation via text message.
     
  • Make a donation when shopping at H-E-B. 
    Look for the Back to School "tear pads" at the checkout counters of your local H-E-B from July 7-Aug. 17, 2021 and have your cashier scan the amount you'd like to donate ($1, $3, or $7). If shopping online for delivery or curbside, look for the option to donate when checking out/finalizing your order.
     
  • Purchase school supplies/donate at participating H-E-B stores. 
    School supplies can be purchased and dropped off in special Back to School donation bins at the following H-E-B locations:
    •  H-E-B Plus! on Saratoga in Corpus Christi
    • Moore Plaza in Corpus Christi
    • Robert/Alameda in Corpus Christi
    • Alice
    • Beeville
    • Ingleside
    • Portland
    • Refugio
    • Sinton
  • Host a school supply drive at your place of business. 
    Suggested items to collect are below. Donated items can be dropped off in bulk at United Way of the Coastal Bend (4659 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi) no later than July 23, 2021. Please notify us in advance of your intended drop-off so proper accommodations can be made for your arrival.

Suggested school supplies to collect include:

  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Two-pocket folders
  • Safety scissors

United Way of the Coastal Bend would like to thank the following for supporting Operation SOS:

  • H-E-B
  • KRIS Communications
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • First State Bank of Texas
  • Hilliard Martinez Gonzales
  • NuStar Energy
  • Port Corpus Christi
  • Rosendin Foundation
  • The Selena Foundation
  • Valero Corpus Christi Refineries
If your business or organization would like to make a monetary donation to Operation SOS or volunteer at one of our supply distribution events, please contact Stephanie Jordan at (361)882-2529 Ext 125.