July is here and back to school is right around the corner. I’d like to encourage everyone to spend at least a few bucks picking up extra school supplies for students in need. Let’s help all kids start of the school year on the right foot.
To make it easy check out my list of back to school drives in Tucson, Phoenix and the rest of Arizona. You can also donate supplies to your local school. The school staff will distribute the supplies to the students that need it most.
Tucson Back To School Drives
- Collecting through July 29th
- Donation Locations: 2820 W. Ina Road (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) and 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail (Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm)
- Seeking the following school supplies: Backpacks, Folders, Binders, Markers, Spiral Notebooks and Notebook Paper, Scissors, Pens & Pencils, Crayons, Highlighters, Erasers, Rulers, Glue Sticks, Pencil Boxes, Colored Pencils, and Protractors
- To benefit K-12 students from low-income families.
- July 1st – October 1st
- Donation Location: YOTO office at 1660 N. Alvernon Way
- Seeking new adult-sized backpacks, new general school supplies, and Target/Walmart gift cards for the students to use to shop for themselves. You can donate online if you’d like.
- To benefit homeless, at-risk youth in grades 6-12.
- July 15th – July 20th
- Donation Location: University of Phoenix – Southern Arizona Campus – 300 South Craycroft Road
- Seeking all school supplies.
- To benefit local kids.
- July 1st – August 12
- Donation Locations: Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona – 3822 E. River Road; Jewish Federation NW – 190 W. McGee Rd, #162; Jewish Community Foundation – 3567 E. Sunrise Drive, #143
- Seeking colored pencils, composition notebook, 24-pack crayons, glue sticks, black dry erase markers, highlighters, markers, pencils, pens, safety scissors, vinyl folders, wide ruled loose leaf paper, wide ruled noteboooks
To benefit Home Davis Elementary School
Phoenix Back To School Drives
Stuff The Bus with Fulton Homes and KEZ
- Through July 11th
- Donation location: Macy’s Court at Chandler Fashion Square
- Select a child’s handprint taped to the School Bus in Macy’s Court. When your shopping is complete, return the handprint with school supplies to the school bus in Macy’s Court.
- Supplies requested: No. 2 Pencils, Markers (Multi-color Washable 8 pk), Subject Dividers (set of 8), Pens (blue or black ink only), Glue (Elmers White Glue or Glue Sticks), Box of tissues, Highlighters, Child Scissors, Backpacks, Notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled), Ruler, Socks, Loose Leaf Paper (wide ruled or college ruled), Portable Pencil Sharpener, Navy blue and red collar shirts (school uniforms), 3 Ring Binders (2 inch), Protractor, Pocket Folders, Calculator, Colored Pencils (Multi-color 12 pk), Crayons (Crayola 8 pk), Pink Erasers and Pencil Cases
- To benefit students in the Chandler School District
Donation location: 501 S 9th Ave Phoenix, AZ
- Supplies requested: Backpacks and school supplies
- To benefit children in need ages 5-13
- Through July 15th
- Donation location: Any Maracay Sales Office
- Supplies requested: Children’s and adults socks and underwear and shoes: boys’ and girls’ sizes 1-4, women’s sizes 5 – 8, and men’s sizes 7.5 – 8.5
- To benefit homeless students, families in transition and victims of domestic violence
- Through July 28th
- Donation location: Surprise City Hall, at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
- Supplies requested: All types of school supplies
- To benefit K-8th graders in the Dysart and Nadaburg school districts!
- Through July 31st
- Donation locations: Famous Daves at 16148 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria; 3250 W. Frye Road, Chandler; 2206 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert and 1011 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. You can also drop off supplies at the Republic, 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, and the Southwest Human Development building, 2850 N. 24th St., Phoenix.
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Spiral notebooks, Pencil boxes, Scissors, Glue sticks, Box of pencils, Box of pens, Box of colored pencils, Filler paper, Box of crayons, 1” binders, Pocket folders, Rulers and Dictionaries
- Anyone who donates supplies as well as a new book-size backpack at one of these Valley locations will receive a free voucher for a Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich. Limit one per person.
- To benefit local, low-income families
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 16th
- Donation location: Sam’s Club, 15255 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
- Supplies requested: Writing utensils, notebooks, folders, binders, rulers, calculators, flash drives and alarm clocks. Monetary donations can be made and backpacks and school supplies can be ordered on the website
- To benefit children in Arizona foster care
- Through July 20
- Donation location: AZ Food Crafters, 961 W. Ray Road, Suite 1, Chandler
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Journals, Pencils, Notebooks, Three-ring binders with paper, Calculators, Glue, Scissors, Crayons, Two-pocket folders and Lunch boxes
- Bring in a new backpack, and you’ll be rewarded with a free personal pie ($5 value). Bring in new packs of any of the other listed supplies, and you’ll earn a free hand pie ($4 value). Bring in a new backpack filled with all of the supplies, and you’ll get a free sweet treat, a three-pack of frozen hand pies to-go, and coupons for future visits.
- To benefit clients of A New Leaf, a community support center for displaced families
More Arizona Back To School Drives
- July 5th through August 11th
- Donation locations: Dollar Tree stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies.
- To benefit local military families
- July 11th through September 4th
- Donation locations: Mattress Firm stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies
- To benefit local foster kids
Another easy way to help teachers is to check Donors Choose and support a project of your choice! If you know of another school supply drive please leave me a comment, I’ll update this list as needed.