Aug 15, 2013 1:24 PM by Rachel Cole -

Thousands of Students Supplied with Goodies for School

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The results are in for this year's Operation "Supply our Students" drive. More than 25-thousand dollars worth of school supplies were collected over the past month. Partners hosting the drive say they couldn't have done without the help of so many companies and people here in the Coastal Bend.

Catrina Wilson is the president and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend. She says volunteers sifted through thousands of supplies collected and donated by the community.

"We've got a fabulous group of volunteers here who are sorting it and you can tell, all the school districts are listed, all the supplies are going in and these folks are going to have it knocked out pretty soon," she added.

Meanwhile, John Owen, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries in South Texas says the turnout this year was astonishing and thankfully HoltCat volunteered one of their warehouses so folks would have room to organize all the donations.

"What were doing here today at HoltCat is sorting through all those donations and getting ready to distribute them to the various school districts around South Texas," Owen said.

He says, this event will help to put students on the right track for the year.

"They're going to have the school supplies that they need so they don't get behind," he added.

Partners say with all the donations that came in for "Operation S.O.S" they'll be able to supply more than 4-thousand students with everything they need, notebooks, crayons, markers, glue sticks, plus, they plan to triple that number next year.

"We have the most folders inside each box, 33-hundred folders because were giving about three per child," a volunteer said.

Pallets were packed and prepared for pick up by noon Thursday. However, most districts will pick up their pallets on Friday and have them in the hands of students just in time for the first day of school.


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