ROBSTOWN - Hundreds of students, along with their parents, waited anxiously inside the Robstown High School Auditorium on Tuesday to receive a new backpack at the Fifth Annual School Supplies Giveaway hosted by State Rep. Abel Herrero.

Among all those families was Bianca Jaquez, with her two sons who attend schools at Robstown ISD. Daniel Salazar, 9, will be attending Ortiz Intermediate and Meyson Salinas, 4, will be attending Lotspeich Elementary.

Jaquez said this was her second time attending the event and appreciates the giveaway.

“It helps me because I’m not working right now,” Jaquez said. “It’s good for the community and great that (Abel Herrero) helps out. It shows that he truly cares.”

“We want to make certain that our students can focus on doing well in school,” Herrero said. “The more supplies we can give to them that are needed, the better.”

Herrero said he has a goal to make each event bigger and more successful.

“We started off with 250 backpacks, then 500 and we keep increasing the number,” he said. “Today we have more than 1,200 to give out. We couldn’t have done this without the community.”

Partners of the event include Wesley Community Center, Robstown ISD, Citgo, Walmart, Flint Hills, Cheniere, Port of Corpus Christi, US Ecology, The GEO Group, Valero, ExxonMobil, Toyota, AEP, Driscoll Health Plan, Christus Health, United Healthcare, St. Benedict’s Home Health, South Coastal AHEC, Robstown Police Department, Nueces County Drainage District #2 and others.

Many volunteers helped prepare backpacks, sort them and give them to students.

Paulette M. Guajardo, Corpus Christi City Council at Large, was one of many who were passing out backpacks. Since her father is from Robstown, she said the town has a special place in her heart.

“An event such as this is what matters in any community,” Guajardo said. “My hat goes off to Representative Able Herrero for taking the time and effort to coordinate this for his hometown.”