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 the school year on the right foot for the 2021-2022 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
- Collecting June 17, 2021 – August 18, 2021
- Donation Locations: HDS Trucking School (6251 S Wilmot Rd), MPG Automative (40 participating locations), KOLD TV Studio (7831 N Business Park Dr), Bookmans (3 Tucson locations), Tucson ER & Hospital (4575 E. Broadway Blvd), Orange Theory Fitness (5 participating locations), Tucson Subaru (4901 N. Oracle Rd), Arizona’s Interior Innovations (2 Tucson locations)
- 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 9th and Friday July 23rd
- Walmart Super Center 7635 North La Cholla Rd: Friday July 16th and Friday July 30th
- Benefits students and teachers in Southern Arizona
- Collection starts July 6th, 2021
- Donation Location: YOTO office at 1660 N. Alvernon Way.
- Seeking backpacks, markers, notebooks, paper, scientific calculators
- Also seeking supplies for their MiniMall where homeless youth can shop for free: Mac & Cheese, canned veggies, canned soup, flavored water, sports drinks, juice, sponges, dish soap, paper towels, all purpose cleaner, hand sanitizer, body wash, lotion chapstick, granola bars, fruit cups, jerky and trail mix.
- To benefit homeless and at-risk youth in middle school and high school
School Supplies Drives in Phoenix
- June 1, 2021 – July 25, 2021
- Donation Location: Simon Guests Services, SEA LIFE Arizona and LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Arizona Mills Mall.
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Lined paper, Spiral Notebooks, Pencils, Pens, Folders, Highlighters, Markers
- Plus they are requesting the following clothing items: School Uniforms, Socks (adult kid sizes), Undergarments (underwear and white t-shirts) and Athletic Shoes (kids and adult sizes)
- To benefit students in the Tempe Elementary School District
- July 12, 2021- July 30, 2021
- Donation Locations: Phoenix Area Fry’s Food Stores and BOK Financial Locations
- Supplies requested: Backpacks and school supplies
- To benefit local students in need
Scottsdale Quarter’s School Supply Drive
- July 12, 2021 – August 1, 2021
- Donation Location: Scottsdale Quarter in The Quad during center hours
- Supplies requested: New School Supplies
- To benefit local children in foster care (Arizona Helping Hands)
More Arizona Back To School Drives
- Through mid August
- Donation locations: Dollar Tree stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies.
- To benefit local military families
Donating Cash Online To Help Local Students
Another easy way to help teachers is to check 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.
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.