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Beeville Police collect thousands of dollars in school supplies to give to families in need

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 18:49:14-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A recent school supply drive for children in Beeville proved to be a huge success for the police department.

Fifteen boxes filled with 200 backpacks, along with 200 notebooks are just a portion of what the Beeville Police Department has collected as part of their school supply drive.

The department wanted to help families who are struggling to pay for back-to-school gear.

So, they held a drive asking the community to donate items and were surprised by how generous people were.

“One gentleman he walked in and brought out a shopping cart full of supplies and parked it there and said ‘see ya later’,” said Chief of Police Robert Bridge. “People are coming in and dropping off checks of money, they gave us cash at Walmart and we received probably about $2000 to $3000 worth of school supplies.”

Walmart also surprised the officers by donating 200 brand new back packs.

Bridge says they'll use the cash donations they've received to fill each backpack will all the supplies kids will need to have a successful school year.

He adds that they plan on passing out the stuffed bags closer to the start of the school year at the police training center in Beeville.

But an exact date has not yet been set.

“Education is the key to having a successful life,” said Bridges.

The BPD will hold another school supply drive at the Walmart in Beeville on Saturday August 3rd to collect more school supply donations.