PHARR, Texas (KVEO) — In just a few weeks college freshmen will be preparing to move onto university and college campuses to start a new chapter. Local college prep experts are advising families and students to start checking items off their shopping lists early in an effort to secure what they’ll need in the fall.

Maribel Alvarez is the founder and CEO of RGV Capstone Scholars, an organization of education advocates who are dedicated to awarding scholarships to PSJA capstone students.

She and her colleagues were the first in the community to put a spin on the trending ‘Adopt-A-Senior’ initiatives happening Valley-wide.

Alvarez encouraged her students to create an Amazon wish-list of essential health and dorm room items. In return, dozens of donors, known as “Angels”, across the south Texas region purchased items for the rising freshmen.

“Capstone seniors were able to write down their wish-list and went on amazon and…plugged in all their items. With that said, their items…praise God were granted,” Alvarez said.

The education advocates who refer to their initiative as “Adopt-A-Capstone-Senior” are advising parents to purchase large quantities of face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectants.

UCLA bound Capstone Scholar, Maria Carrillo, says she and her friends are learning as much as they can from one another on how to safely transition onto campus without being exposed to COVID-19.

“It is really scary because obviously I’m just here in the valley. Even though I can read about it, I still can’t experience what other states are experiencing. I don’t know what it’s like over there, but I think the school is always going do what’s best for us,” Carrillo explained.