July is almost 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 the school year on the right foot for the 2022-2023 school year. Have the right supplies is key to academic success and every kid should have a shot at that.
Arizona Back To School Drives
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.
List of School Supply Drives in Tucson
KOLD 13 Cares Stuff The Bin
- Collecting June 20, 2022 – August 30, 2022
- Donation Locations: KOLD TV Studio (7831 N Business Park Dr), Tucson Subaru (4901 N. Oracle Rd), Dynamic Heating & Air, Arizona Window & Door Store, Bucks Automotive Service Center, Advanced Vision Center, and Solar Solution AZ
- Seeking the following school supplies:
- Notebooks, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Tissues, Binders, Pencil Pouch, Highlighters, Hand Sanitizer, Backpacks, Lunchboxes, Crayons, and Erasers.
- Live Supply Drives at Walmart 9AM-6PM
- Walmart Super Center 8280 North Cortaro Rd: Friday July 8th and Friday July 22nd
- Walmart Super Center 7635 North La Cholla Rd: Friday July 15th and Friday July 29th
- Benefits students and teachers in Southern Arizona
Elevate Trampoline Park School Supply Drive
- Collecting All July 2022
- Donation Location: Elevate Trampoline Park Tucson
- Seeking new school supplies (Part of their Thankful Thursday promotion)
- Bring in new supplies on Thursdays and jump for 2 hours for only $10.
- To benefit the Tucson community
School Supplies Drives in Phoenix
Arizona Mills School Supply Drive
- June 1, 2022 – July 28, 2022
- Donation Location: Simon Guests Services near the food court
- Supplies requested: Backpacks and school supplies
- Receive a free gift from LEGO Discover Center with backpack donation (1 per family, while supplies last)
- To benefit students in the Tempe Elementary School District
Phoenix Salvation Army Backpack SOS
- July 11, 2022- July 31, 2022
- Donation Locations: Phoenix Area Fry’s Food Stores and BOK Financial Locations
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, glue sticks, loose-leaf paper, markers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, rulers, spiral notebooks, and scissors
- To benefit local students in need
Scottsdale Quarter’s School Supply Drive
- July 15, 2022 – July 31, 2022
- Donation Location: Scottsdale Quarter in The Quad from 10 AM- 6PM
- Supplies requested: New School Supplies
- To benefit local children in foster care (Arizona Helping Hands)
2022 Operation Back to School – Chandler
- In Kind Donations through June 23, 2022
- Donation Locations:
- Wednesday, June 22 (8-10 AM), 650 S. Cooper Road, Chandler 85225
- Wednesday, June 22 (11:30am – 3pm), City Hall Parking Garage – 240 S. Washington St., Chandler 85225
- Thursday, June 23 (11:30am – 3pm), City Hall Parking Garage – 240 S. Washington St., Chandler 85225
- Supplies requested: school supplies, socks, shoes and underwear
More Arizona Back To School Drives
Dollar Tree Back To School Brigade
- July 5, 2022 – August 4, 2022
- Donation locations: Dollar Tree stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies.
- To benefit local military families
Donating Cash Online To Help Local Students
If you can’t buy things to personally drop off somewhere, consider one of these online ways to help local students
- An easy way to help teachers is to support Donors Choose. You can donate online and support a project of your choice!
- Interfaith Community Services accepts monetary donations for Youth Enrichment Support which helps children participate in summer camp, rent instruments for band or participate in science fairs.
- Youth On Their Own has a link to their Amazon wish list that includes school supplies.
- AZTV7 is hosting an online stuff the bus drive to support kids Maricopa and Yavapai counties.
- Southwest Human Development online school supply drive.
If you know of another school supply drive please leave me a comment, I’ll update this list as needed.
Need Help For Your Child?
On the other side of the coin, if you need help with back to school supplies inquire with local community service groups. You can contact the organizations collecting supplies above to see if your family qualifies for their program. Also reach out to your school district many host a school event before school starts for backpack giveaways.
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