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 27th
- 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 (12 pack), 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, highlighters, colored pencils, markers, scientific/graphing calculators, index cards, mechanical pencils, flash drives, folders, composition notebooks, and grocery/clothing gift cards. You can donate online if you’d like.
- To benefit homeless, at-risk youth in grades 6-12.
- July 10th – July 28th
- Donation locations: Participating Tucson area Fry’s stores
- Seeking Backpacks, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Folders, Glue sticks, Loose leaf paper, Markers, Pens, Pencils, Rulers, Scissors and Spiral notebooks
- To benefit Tucson’s kids in need
Educational Enrichment Foundation Stuff The Bus
- Through July 28th
- Donation Locations: Tucson Federal Credit Union locations
- Supplies requested: New school supplies
- To benefit TUSD students and Youth On Their Own
Phoenix Back To School Drives
Arizona Mills School Supply Drive
- Through July 30th
- Donation Location: Simon Guests Services, SEALIFE Arizona and LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Arizona Mills Mall.
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Lined paper, Spiral Notebooks, Pencils, Pens, Folders, Highlighters, and Markers. Plus School uniforms, socks, undergarments and athletic shoes (in children and adult sizes).
- To benefit students in the Tempe Elementary School District
Stuff The Bus with Fulton Homes and KEZ
- Through July 9th
- Donation Location: Macy’s Court at Chandler Fashion Square
- 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
- July 22nd 10 AM – 12 PM
Donation location: Halle Heart Children’s Museum
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Pencils & Pens, Paper (loose and spiral folder), Markers & Crayons, Dry Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, 3 Ring Binders & Folders, Pencil boxes or bags, Erasers, Rulers, Calculators, Underwear sizes 5-13, Socks sizes 5-10
- This event is a fundraiser and will benefit our “Healthy Summer Living Campaign”. Cost per adult is $7 and $5 for youth under the age of 18. If you bring a school item to be donated, your cost for admission is $5.
- To benefit students in need
- Through July 31st
- Donation Location: Surprise City Hall, at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
- Supplies requested: all types of school supplies
- To benefit local K-8th graders
- Through July
- Donation Location: Southwest Human Development, 2850 N. 24th Street, Phoenix; or at any of the four Valley Famous Dave’s Restaurants
- 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, Dictionaries, and Lunch bags
- To benefit children served by Southwest Human Development
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 15th
- Donation location: OfficeMax – Arcadia Crossing, 4519 E Thomas Rd
- Supplies requested: Backpacks and school supplies. Monetary donations can be made and backpacks and school supplies can be ordered on the website
- To benefit children in Arizona foster care
More Arizona Back To School Drives
- Through August 10th
- Donation locations: Dollar Tree stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies.
- To benefit local military families
- July 3rd through August 27th
- 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.