Donating Back-to-School Supplies
While it feels like summer just began, the new school year is just around the corner! Pretty soon Texas families will find themselves shopping for new clothes and school supplies. While preparing for a new school year is an exciting time, it can also be a financial burden for many. Luckily, there are organizations across Texas that step in to make sure that Texas families don’t have to worry about whether or not their children will have the necessary school supplies.
The Austin American-Statesman recently ran an article listing a dozen organizations that are making it easy for Texans to help with back-to-school shopping for less fortunate Texas families. Some of the organizations collect and distribute donated school supplies, clothing, and books, while others are looking for monetary donations to help provide supplies to families. So if you have extra supplies around the house, or can afford to purchase a few extra items when doing your own back-to-school shopping, or would like to make a monetary donation, take a look at the options listed in the Statesman article.
Note: Below is the list of organizations from the Statesman article:
For the Children Inc.
About: For the Children Inc. provides basic school supplies to children that qualify for the federal free and reduced price lunch program.
How to donate: Make a monetary donation at schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org/donate/ . $25 will support seven students. Now through Aug. 14, H-E-B will have tear-off coupons at the register as well.
How to get supplies: Apply with your school’s counselor or principal.
About: Foundation Communities is looking to give its 700 kids at its learning centers school supplies.
How to donate: You can make a monetary donation at foundcom.org but you can drop off school supplies and backpacks at the Community Financial Center at 2600 W. Stassney Lane, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28.
How to get supplies: You have to be served by Foundation Communities’ learning centers.
Manos de Cristo
About: Manos de Cristo provides a backpack, school supplies, two sets of clothing and a book to more than 2,000 students.
How to donate: Make a donation at manosdecristo.org/BTS2017 A $60 donation helps one child.
How to get supplies: Supplies are given away at the Allan Center, 4900 Gonzales St. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 24-27 and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 28, while supplies last.
Communities in Schools
About: This organization in schools helps children in Central Texas who have family challenges such as poverty and hunger. It supplies students with backpacks and supplies, hygiene kits and socks and underwear.
How to donate: Drop off supplies to Communities in Schools Central Office located at 3000 S. Interstate 35, Suite 200. Supplies most needed are backpacks, composition books, folders and pencils. Or donate online at ciscentraltexas.org/supplydrive/. There are a couple of donation levels starting at $17.12 for a backpack and all the supplies for one kid.
How to get supplies: Ask your school if it is served by them and how to enroll in its program.
SafePlace School Supply Drive
About: SafePlace houses about 300 kids each year with their families because of domestic violence.
How to donate: SafePlace is looking for pencil pouches, wide-ruled composition books, construction paper, folders, large pink erasers, handwriting paper, watercolors, colored pencils, glue sticks, scissors, highlighters, plastic supply boxes, dividers, calculators, tissues, hand sanitizer, gallon-sized zip-top bags. Drop off supplies at SafePlace’s warehouse, 1515-A Grove Blvd. during warehouse hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, or you can pick from its Amazon wish list.
How to get supplies: You have to be housed by SafePlace.
Salvation Army Back to School Drive
About: The Salvation Army houses families including 100 children in its two emergency shelters.
How to donate: The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations as well as tissue, colored paper, blue and black pens, rulers, glue, binders, backpacks, crayons, composition books, markers, spiral notebooks, flash drives as well as clothing. The administration office is at 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 231.
How to get supplies: You have to be housed in the emergency shelters.
Build a Backpack for City of Austin employees
About: City employees can build a backpack by going to austintexas.gov/buildabackpack and following the instructions. Drop off backpacks 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 at City Hall.
How to get supplies: The backpacks get distributed to AISD schools.
United Way Back to School Supply Drive
About: The United Way collects supplies for Austin ISD’s prekindergarten classes.
How to donate: Drop off supplies by Aug. 15 at United Way for Greater Austin, 2000 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a school-specific list.
How to get supplies: The supplies are donated to specific schools.
Catch Air School Supply Drive
About: The kid-fun place offers discounts all throughout August if you bring in school supplies to donate to local schools.
How to donate: Bring three small new school supply items or one large school supply item per every $2 off admission. Catch Air is at 1401 S. Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Suite 130, Round Rock, and 13450 N. U.S. 183, Suite 107.
AISD Back to School Bash
About: Get free backpacks and supplies, medical screenings and vaccinations with shot record. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 12. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. Buses leave from Guerrero Thompson and Summitt elementary schools; Bedichek, Martin, Mendez and Covington middle schools; and Lanier and Reagan high schools.
Bastrop Stuff the Bus/Back to School Bash
About: 1,500 students in the Bastrop ISD will receive supplies through this program.
How to donate: Drop off supplies at local businesses.
How to get supplies: Attend the Back to School Bash, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Bastrop ISD Memorial Stadium in Cedar Creek.
Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation School Supplies Sunday/Kutz for Kidz Event
About: Donate supplies for about 7,000 students served last year at this supply Round Rock school district supply drive.
How to donate: The foundation is looking for school supplies, but also monetary donations to buy supplies in bulk at rrisdeducationfoundation.org/school-supplies
How to get supplies: Come to Supplies Sunday event Aug. 20 at Hernandez Middle School.