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Jul 11, 2013 1:04 PM by Veronica Flores

Big Donation from Valero to Help Students in Need

CORPUS CHRISTI - Valero employees are making sure hundreds of children in our area will go back to school with new school uniforms and a new pair of shoes.

The Valero Volunteer Council surprised the "Lead First" foundation with a check for more than $55,000 this morning. The money was raised during the refinery's fifth annual "Reel It In For Kids" fishing tournament.

Guy Nickleson, C.E.O. Of Lead First says this donation will make a huge difference in the lives of area children who will be heading back to school next month. Nickleson says "It plays a big part in trying to give a kid self-worth. You know these kids are going to be going back to school and a lot of them are not going to want to go back to school because they are going to be looking at other kids and say "Why can't I, why couldn't my parents buy me some new pants or new shoes? Or a new shirt." Here it is. Over a thousand kids is going to have an opportunity to walk in that school campus and look at that other child and say "you know what. I'm no different than you."

Nickleson says the money will benefit the Lead First Back to School Health Fair that will be held on Saturday, August 17 at Miller High School. The 7th annual health fair provides health screening and back to school necessities for hundreds of students in the Coastal Bend.

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