How to Donate School Supplies

Posted on 08/03/2010

Getting kids stocked up on school supplies isn’t cheap—in fact many families can’t afford it. And often that burden can fall on the teacher. According to recent statistics, 3.5 million schoolteachers spend an average of $500 in out-of-pocket expenses on classroom supplies. Support children, teachers and classrooms in your area by donating school supplies. Here is some information about how you can help. - Love schools? Then head to to help a classroom in need. You can either donate supplies or money to help out a classroom. Search for schools in your area by the items on their WishList, geographic location or poverty level.

Staples - Staples and Do Something 101 have teamed up for their third annual school supply drive. Now through September 18th, you’ll find collection bins at Staples stores across the US. The supplies collected at each store will go to a local charity.

Wal-Mart - Lots of Wal-Mart stores around the country are holding school supply drives. Stores are teaming up with various charities to pull off local events. Check with your local Wal-Mart store to see if they’re collecting items for area children. - Just like brides register for sheet sets and steak knives, teachers can register for the things they need the most at Then willing donors find a classroom they’d like to support, and purchase the items on the teacher’s registry. Teachers then have students post online thank you notes that the donor can read, making it a rewarding process for everyone involved.

Local Supply Drives - You can also do a quick online search to find a local school supply drive in your area. For instance, in Chicago you can support Kits for Kidz, a donation drive helping more than 15,000 homeless students in the Chicago area. In Arizona, you can join the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in their “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive. Or in Washington DC you can donate school supplies for Operation Backpack where hundreds of backpacks stuffed with classroom essentials are handed out to needy kids. Chances are, there’s an organization in your area that could use support.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 08.03.10 at 8:15 PM

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