Driscoll Health Plan donated 14,000 backpacks

Backpacks and other school supplies were donated to students in South Texas
Driscoll Health Plan donated 14,000 backpacks

Driscoll Health Plan donated 14,000 backpacks

TEXAS – In July and August, Driscoll Health Plan donated 14,000 backpacks and other school supplies to students at 31 back-to-school events held across South Texas.

For over 10 years, Driscoll Health Plan has been helping students and families prepare for school. The nonprofit, community-based health insurance plan hosted back-to-school events in 24 counties in South Texas. These areas included the Nueces and Hidalgo Service Areas. Driscoll Health Plan also offers healthcare coverage to over 222,000 children, pregnant women and other adults in its service area. The service area must cover 25,000 square miles.

“Driscoll Health Plan has always known there is a need in our community and that there are barriers which may keep a student from returning to school with necessary items. With the pandemic changing, and schools reopening for in-person learning, Driscoll Health Plan made sure to plan this year’s events safely and effectively so the community could be comfortable at the events,” said Rose Santos, Community Outreach Manager for Driscoll Health Plan.

The Community Outreach team at Driscoll Health Plan hosted 31 community events during the months of July and August. The events were held with local school districts, head starts, FQHC and community partners.

These partnerships provided free materials such as backpacks, rulers, glue sticks and other items necessary for students.

The total amount of supplies that were distributed to students in the Nueces and Hidalgo Service Areas include:

  • 14,000 backpacks
  • 5,000 sting bags
  • 69,000 Driscoll Health Plan supplies
  • and 88,500 partner supplies

The events also offered Covid-19 vaccinations, sports physicals, haircuts and health education on numerous topics. The topics covered general vaccinations, annual checkups and child passenger safety.

“Driscoll Health Plan’s back to school events are a small support that families in our communities can count on year after year. We continue to help meet students’ needs, and providing families with vital health education so they may have a successful scholastic year,” said Santos. “We just want to be able to serve whoever needs it so our events are always open to anyone in the community. It’s just our way of giving back and getting kids back to being kids.”