School supplies

Back-to-school time is coming up, which means there’s an opportunity to support the numerous neighborhood organizations that provide students with clothing, food and school supplies so that every child has a chance to succeed. Here are a few back-to-school drives happening in the Valley:

The Salvation Army: Backpack SOS 

When: July 9 – July 27 

Where: All Fry’s food stores in Arizona and Bank of Arizona in the Phoenix Metro area. 

Needs: Backpacks, folders, pens, pencils, paper, glue, rulers, crayons, markers, erasers, spiral notebooks, loose leaf paper and scissors, etc. 

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Boys Hope Girls Hope 

When: Now – August 9 

Where: Donations can be dropped off at the Boys Hope Girls Hope office, 3443 N. Central Ave., Arcade 7, Phoenix. 

Needs: Graph composition notebooks, college-ruled loose-leaf paper, graph paper, dry erase markers, highlighters, folders, mechanical pencils and lead, Post-it notes, subject dividers, USB drives, etc.

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St. Vincent DePaul

This year St. Vincent DePaul is running a virtual drive for school supplies through Amazon Wish List. The virtual drive will help to include Arizona’s winter visitors as well as locals still braving the heat.

When: Now – July 8 

Where: Online. Donations are shipped directly to St. Vincent’s, 420 W. Watkins Road, Phoenix. SVDP asks that donations be made through AmazonSmile instead of the basic Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

Needs: Backpacks, loose leaf paper, graphing calculators, notebooks, Post-its, scissors, index cards, highlighters, glue, folders, markers, etc.

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New Pathways for Youth 

When: Now – July 5 

Where: 1001 E. Pierce St., Phoenix – SE corner of Pierce and 10th. Contact Mary Beth Gregory at to arrange a drop-off time. 

Needs: Blue/black pens, #2 pencils, highlighters, crayons, backpacks, scissors, 3-ring binders, tablets and folders, etc. 

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City of Scottsdale Back-to-School Program 

When: Now – July 24 

Where: Donations can be dropped at Vista Del Camino Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale; Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Needs: Large backpacks, 3-ring binders, markers, pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, etc.

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Back-to-school Clothing Drive – Volunteer Opportunity 

When: July 22 – 26 

Where: Grand Canyon University Antelope Performance Center, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 

Needs: Volunteers to help fill backpacks with school supplies. There are three shift options available: 7 a.m.-noon, noon-5 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

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