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 2023-2024 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 24, 2023 – August 30, 2023
- Donation Locations: KOLD TV Studio, HSL Properties, Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys, Tucson Subaru, Dynamic Heating & Air, Arizona Window & Door Store, Arizona Vision Therapy Center, Rubber Stone 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 7th and Friday July 21st
- Walmart Super Center 7635 North La Cholla Rd: Friday July 14th and Friday July 28th
- Benefits students and teachers in Southern Arizona
- Collecting All July 2023
- 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 schools in our community community
- Challenge is through September 2023 (but they accept donations all year)
- Donation Location: Youth On Their Own Office at 1660 N. Alvernon Way – Tucson, Arizona 85712
- Seeking non-perishable food items, school supplies and hygiene items
- Homeless middle school and high school students
School Supplies Drives in Phoenix
- July 10, 2023- July 30, 2023
- Donation Locations: Phoenix Area Fry’s Food Stores and valley 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 17, 2023 – July 31, 2023
- Donation Location: Scottsdale Quarter in The Quad from 10 AM- 8PM
- Supplies requested: New School Supplies
- To benefit local children in foster care (Arizona Helping Hands)
More Arizona Back To School Drives
- July 5, 2023 – August 3, 2023
- 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.