Operation Back to School

Our friends inspired us. Gabriella inspired us. Now, in witnessing the generosity of others, we are inspired to do the same for other children facing such devastating circumstances. Operation Back to School is a direct result of this inspiration, born from our work on Gabriella's Gifts.

Gabriella's Gifts is a part of the Gabriella's Smile Foundation focused on providing children with cancer and their families in San Antonio area hospitals an opportunity to experience joy and smiles in the midst of their difficult journey. Operation Back to School is targeted on fulfilling educational needs for these children as a part of the Gabriella’s Gifts program.

Since 2016, we have served almost 700 children with backpacks and delivered them to oncology clinics in local children's hospitals. The backpacks are gifted to these brave cancer warriors and their siblings annually before the start of each school year. Our backpacks are filled with school supplies donated by members and supporters around the city of San Antonio. We couldn't do this without their support, and we look forward to Operation Back to School 2019! Check out our video including pictures from the last two years here.


  • Valero Headquarters 1 Valero Way San Antonio, TX 78249

  • Wash Me Car Salon 7225 Culebra Rd San Antonio, Texas 78251

  • Westover Hills Learning Center 9340 Westover Hills Blvd San Antonio, Texas 78251

  • Westover Hills Medina Valley 15495 US-90 Castroville, TX 78009

  • Northwestern Mutual-San Antonio Éilan Promenade Two 17802 W Interstate 10, Ste. 114, San Antonio, TX 78257

  • Smokey Mo’s BBQ  7418 Northwest Loop 410 Ste 107 San Antonio, Texas 78245

  • Smokey Mo's BBQ  20210 Stone Oak Parkway #306 San Antonio, TX 78258 

  • DHI Doug Handlin Insurance 6502 Bandera RD Ste 200 D, San Antonio, TX 78238

  • Perry Homes 8223 Gaucho Ct. San Antonio, TX 78254

  • Raising Cane’s (#112) 6027 FM 3009 Schertz, TX 78154

  • Kids World Pediatric Dentistry 20711 Wilderness Oak Suite 103 San Antonio, TX 78258

  • The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Primary Care Alon Towne Centre 11503 NW Military Hwy San Antonio, TX 78231

  • The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Primary Care Stone Oak 1434 E. Sonterra Blvd #109 San Antonio, TX 78258

Drop Locations in McAllen (surrounding areas)

  • Journey Church RGV 10600 N. Ware Rd McAllen, Texas 78504 (during service times/ call for times 956-388-0726)

  • Doctor’s Choice Rehab- 4900 N.10th St., Ste.D2, McAllen, TX 78504

  • Doctor’s Choice Rehab- 110 E. Savannah, Ste. A102, McAllen, TX 78503


2019 Official Drop Off Locations