Free School Supplies for Children in Need

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Organizations Generously Give Free School Supplies to Children in Need

It’s the beginning of another school year for many children. Do you remember going to the store with your free school suppliesmother to choose school supplies? That was the fun part of going back to school for most of us. I remember the cost adding up quickly because I had to buy three of everything! But for some it can be stressful…not because they don’t like school, but because they’re worried about not having the school supplies like the other kids. Great bargains can be found in the stores, but when a decision has to be made to either buy food, pay the rent, pay the electric, or buy school supplies - the school supplies are not the first to be paid for.

Luckily, there are organizations that focus on collecting school supply donations for children in need. Although most charitable organizations have completed their free school supplies events, but there are still some to be found. The best way to search online is to “google” the following:  free school supplies + your town and state. You might not find an event that is scheduled, but you will find the names of organizations to contact even though it is past the date. You can also contact the principal of your child’s school. He may be able to suggest where you can find assistance. Also, United Way, Kiwanis, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, and your local churches may be able to help.

Here are a few I found tonight after searching through Google:


Operation Homefront’s 2011 Back-to-School Brigade program provides backpacks full of school supplies to local military kids in need.In 2010, the Back-to-School Brigade program raised over $2 million in school supplies nationwide through its partnership with Dollar Tree. Through the generosity of individual and corporate contributors, Operation Homefront provided 29,000 backpacks to children of military service members.

While most events have passed, find a local chapter near you to find upcoming events that benefit military families in your area. Read more about this Operation Homefront event… 


September 5 (raindate September 12)

Despite losing his job with the Irvington Public Works Department a couple of months ago, the 47-year-old township man has been hard at work. As he usually does this time of year, Alston is preparing for back-to-school by gathering up items for his annual school supply giveaway.  Read more about this generous Irvington man…

The school-supplies giveaway is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alston is still accepting both cash and material donations, everything from pencils to book bags. Potential donors may reach Alston at (973) 393-0399 or [email protected].


The Lyndhurst Health Department, under the direction of Brian C. Haggerty, is holding its annual Back-to-School Backpack Drive. If your child needs school supplies, please visit the Lyndhurst Health Department for a free backpack. These backpacks were donated by residents and businesses in the community so that needy Lyndhurst children can have new school supplies. If you are in need and would like your child to receive new school supplies, please visit the Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations of backpacks and school supplies are welcome.  Read more about free school supplies…


School supplies for 2,000 area children in need are being collected in a Stuff the Bus drive organized by United Way of Northern New Jersey. The drive will benefit children who qualify for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program at 18 Warren County schools. Read more about Stuff the Bus drive…

For more information about making donations, holding a United Way Stuff the Bus drive or to volunteer with sorting supplies, e-mail Anna Hockenbury at [email protected] or call 908-835-3550.


This summer, Bridges with the Christ Child Society of Summit will provide 500 new backpacks and new schools supplies for Summit children in need.

Children on free and reduced meals in the Summit school system may pick up school supplies at Bridges on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Children must be present.  Deliveries to shelters, libraries, and civic centers in Newark, Irvington, and New York will be made during the week of Aug. 29.  Read more about Bridges donating free school supplies…


August 28

Jamal Moore Community Service Organization (JMCSO), will host itʼs  1st Annual “Back To School Rally” on Sunday, August 28th from 12:00 pm  to 5:00 pm at the historic Belle Isle Band Shell in Detroit. This event  will prove to be fun and inspiring for hundreds of the cityʼs youth.

The rally is FREE to attend and will feature live entertainment including a  youth choir, FREE haircuts, a talent show, inflatable bounce houses,  motivational speakers, a youth minister, face painting, raffles, a DJ, games and  a variety of other activities for kids to engage in.

As an added bonus, JMCSO will give away 1,000 back packs filled with school  supplies, on a first come, first served basis to
local students. Food and  refreshments will also be provided.

For additional information, contact the Jamal Moore Community Service  Organization at or call (313)-915-7059.

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  1. manu

    we are a family in need for Christmas. we just moved back to the usa. we have 3 kids i want them to have a nice Christmas but we just can do it with out help. we live in Texas and i been calling around to get any kind of help not for me and my husband but for the kids. if any body out there who can help us. please for the kids make them smile

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