Employees of the Texas Engineering Extension Service contributed nearly 30,000 school supply items to Operation Backpack, the kickoff project for the agency’s Shining Stars Across Texas program. The employee volunteer program encourages and recognizes TEEXans who selflessly give of their time, talents and resources to help others.
To cap National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, TEEX employees donated school supplies to send to children in Tikrit, Iraq, the scene of some of the most bitter fighting and worst terrorist incidents in Iraq. TEEX employee Kevin Storm, who is stationed in Tikrit with the Texas Army National Guard, identified a need for basic school supplies for the local children who are beginning to return to school.
TEEX employee Dee Ann Jones wanted to give the children a way to carry their new supplies, so she designed and sewed 27 knapsacks — enough for an entire class of Iraqi children. “I knew I couldn’t buy enough school supplies for all of the kids — I could make the money go further by making something and help a lot more kids,” said Jones.
“I am amazed and proud of the tremendous support TEEXans have given to Operation Backpack,” said Chief of Staff Laura Shehan, who is coordinating the Shining Stars Across Texas program. “The tremendous outpouring of support for this project is another example of why TEEX is such a great place to work. Our employees not only care about each other, but they care about those in need in their communities and around the world.”
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