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Foundation aids back-to-school benefit

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    COURTESY PHOTO Bandera Electric Cooperative Foundation board members and volunteers with the service group Hill Country Samaritans pose with a ceremonial check for $2,500, which was what the foundation provided the organization to

Thanks in part to a Bandera Electric Cooperative Foundation grant of $2,500, the Hill Country Samaritans distributed more than 600 backpacks filled with school supplies during its Back-to- School Bash for schools in early August at the Lakehills Civic Center.

The event was held to provide underprivileged students of Bandera County with free school supplies, haircuts, physicals, eye and dental exams, educational materials for back-to-school preparations, food, fun and family-friendly activities.

The event was sponsored and endorsed by the Bandera Independent School District, which provided free transportation to the event from the Bandera Middle School campus.

Hill Country Samaritans formed in 2018 specifically to help fundraise and facilitate the Back-to-School Bash and to encourage local support, involvement and the bonding and betterment that can result from working together, officials said.

To learn more about the organization, please visit or find them on Facebook.

Applications for the next round of BEC Foundation grants will be accepted Sept. 1-30, the cooperative said.

For grant information, eligibility and requirements, visit

As a cooperative, BEC continues to uphold the principle of “Concern for Community” by promoting programs that influence positive change in the community and by donating needed items and funds to organizations and people in its service territory throughout the year.

BEC currently serves more than 30,000 members and provides electric service to 35,000 meters in a seven-county territory in the Texas Hill Country, the cooperative said.

Find more information about BEC at or by calling 866-226-3372.