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KENS CARES: Stuff the Bus with school supplies this summer to help kids succeed

Your donations help thousands of San Antonio-area students get the school supplies they need to be successful.

SAN ANTONIO — Help provide thousands of underserved students with the school supplies they need to succeed in school!

The Stuff the Bus campaign is happening now to collect school supplies for kids in need across San Antonio and surrounding areas. Communities In Schools, in partnership with KENS 5 and H-E-B, is the non-profit organization behind this campaign. For more than 30 years, they have helped connect students and their families to needed resources like school supplies, technology, counseling and emotional support.

Due to the efforts of many community supporters, thousands of local students are provided with the tools they need to be successful. School supplies are available to all students year-round at over 160 school campuses that Communities In Schools of San Antonio serves.


Here's how you can help Communities in Schools reach their goal for the 2023-2024 school year:

  • Click here to donate securely online through August 15
  • Donate school supplies or make a monetary donation at participating H-E-B stores from July 24 to August 7, 2023.
  • Call the KENS 5 Donation Phone Bank on Tuesday, July 25, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to make a donation. Each hour your donation will be matched by one of our corporate matching partners. 
    • 4 - 5 p.m. - Hancock Whitney Bank will match up to $1,500.
    • 5 - 6 p.m. - Broadway Bank will match up to $5,000. 
    • 6 - 7 p.m. - Rodriguez Trial Law will match up to $5,000. 
  • Participate in Stuff the Bus Day events at participating H-E-B stores on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many community corporate supporters, like H-E-B, are opening their doors to accept school supplies for the campaign throughout the summer. The big collection event, Stuff the Bus Day, takes place at 34 participating H-E-B locations across greater San Antonio on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


We greatly appreciate your support to help underserved students start their school year with all the tools they need to be successful and confident. Here’s what your donations can provide to underserved students:

The most needed school supply items are: 

  • Binders (2" & 3")
  • Glue sticks                    
  • Composition books
  • Folders (with brads & pockets)
  • Pens & pencils
  • Dividers (5 & 8 subjects)
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Backpacks
  • Colored pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil pouches
  • Plastic school boxes

KENS Cares is a partnership between KENS 5 and our sponsors, Methodist Healthcare and Raising Cane’s. When it comes to community, KENS Cares!

ABOUT COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF SAN ANTONIO (CIS-SA): Working directly in 160 schools across 13 school districts, Communities In Schools builds relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life. Their school-based staff partner with teachers to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. From immediate needs like food or clothing to more complex ones like counseling or emotional support to help students succeed. To learn more about Communities In Schools, visit https://www.cissa.org.

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