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School supplies drive for children with disabilities hits the road

Contactless school supplies drive delivers over 200 backpacks to children with disabilities across West Texas

ABILENE, Texas — The PEN Project, a local organization that serves families with children of disabilities across the Big Country put a new spin on school supplies drive, by bringing supplies to the doorstep.

"There would be no contact, I would just drop it, knock on the door and that would be it," said Jamie Thomas.

Jamie Thomas, Regional Coordinator for the PEN Project said the contactless drive came about after they decided not to hold an in-person drive due to the pandemic.

On Wednesday, Thomas and her family made their rounds across west Texas, from Abilene to San Angelo, Ozona, and Del Rio.

"A few parents did ask if we could meet, so their child could say thank you, and they could thank us personally," says Thomas.


According to Thomas over 200 backpacks were donated to the project, and they were filled with supplies, as well as informational pamphlets to nearby resources for families.

"Seeing the excitement of the parents and the kids, made that 12-hour drive, absolutely 1,000 percent worth it," says Thomas.

The school supply drive will continue next week to finish their deliveries.

For more information on how to donate or receive a backpack visit the pen project on Facebook.