As summer draws to a close and a new school year begins, many
students and families are faced with the stress and expense of buying a long
list of school supplies. According to the nonprofit Junior Achievement, nearly
60% of U.S. parents struggle to pay for school supplies. But thanks to a school
supply donation drive in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the efforts of numerous
volunteers, including employees from Hanson’s Corpus Christi office, students
kicked off the school year on a positive note — complete with the supplies they
need to succeed in school.
Operation Supply Our Students (Operation SOS), sponsored by United
Way of the Coastal Bend, KRIS 6 News and H-E-B supermarkets, helps provide
basic school supplies to Coastal Bend students. These supplies include crayons,
folders, glue sticks, notebook paper, pencils, pens, rulers and scissors.
According to the United Way of the Coastal Bend, more than 45,000 students in the
Coastal Bend’s 10 counties need help getting basic school supplies.
Seventeen Hanson employees and their families volunteered to help
the United Way and its partners fill more than 1,900 bags with school supplies
for area students. People could purchase the bags for $6 each at select H-E-B
stores and donate them back to Coastal Bend students.
Souder, EIT, an engineer intern in Hanson’s Corpus Christi office, organized
the office’s participation in this event. “This is the first year that our
office has been involved with the Operation SOS event. Thanks to my Hanson
colleagues, we were able to volunteer with the United Way to help kids in our
community and make a difference in the lives of others,” Souder said.