School supply drives across Arizona gear up

Arizonans across the state are generously giving to school children the supplies they need to succeed. There are many opportunities to help a kid get a good start on their school year:

Tucson Area

Texas Roadhouse & Tucson Troop Support Supply Drive

To Benefit: Military children in Tucson.

Locations are at 170 South Wilmot Road, 968 West Irvington Road and 8450 North Cracker Barrel Road in Marana AZ

Bonus: Drop off supplies Monday-Thursday in July and receive a complimentary Blossom or Fried Pickles appetizer.

Supplies Requested: dry-erase boards, crayons, highlighters, erasers, composition books, rulers, calculators, folders, 3-subject wide and college ruled notebooks, 1-subject wide and college ruled notebooks, wide and college ruled filler paper, colored markers, permanent markers, white out, school glue, rounded scissors, glue sticks, pencil box holders, index cards, book covers, mechanical pencils, pencil sharpeners, dry erase markers, colored pencils, construction paper pads, mini staplers, scotch tape, scissors, magnets, 1″ hard binders, 1″ soft binders, pens, pencils, dictionaries, tab dividers and back packs.


Youth On Their Own Back To School Drive

To Benefit: Tucson Homeless Youth

Donation locations: Youth On Their Own Office at 1443 W. Prince Road; Bolchalk Frey Marketing at 310 S. Williams Blvd.; Suite 260, Inspired Life Chiropractor at 64 N. Harrison Rd.; Suite 100, A.F. Sterling Homes at 6340 N. Campbell Blvd., Suite 240; Edward Jones at 6735 E. Broadway and House ‘N Garden at 250 E. Wetmore.

Collection through August 20th

Supplies Requested: Teen sized back packs filled with loose leaf paper, folders, pens, binders, pencils, glue, tape, calculator, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer.


Back to School Drive for Refugee Children

To Benefit: International Rescue Committee in Tucson is collecting to benefit refugee children at their school.

Drop off location: IRC Tucson Office at 3100 North Campbell Avenue, Suite 101

Donations accepted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout July.

Supplies Requested: Backpacks stuffed with Box of crayons, Pencil sharpener, 3 pocket folders, 2 spiral notebooks, 3-ring binder and 3-hole notebook paper.


Tucson Dodge School Supply Drive

Drop off location at 4220 E. Speedway, Tucson.

Supplies are accepted Monday-Saturday 8am-9pm

Supplies Requested: Backpacks and school supplies

Phoenix Area

Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods

To Benefit: Underprivileged youth

The non-profit youths organization’s seventh-annual Pack-a-Backpack drive starts Saturday and runs through July 19. The goal is to provide underprivileged youths with the supplies they need to succeed in school.

On July 20, ICAN will host its back-to-school gathering, where kids will be presented with their backpacks and supplies. ICAN is partnering with the Chandler Compadres service club.


Fulton Homes Stuff the Bus with KEZ

Collected July 2nd- August 4th at Chandler Fashion Center – Macys Court.

Supplies Requested: Clothing, school supplies and hygiene kits.


Phoenix City Church School Supply Drive

To Benefit: Homeless children attending Children First Academy.

Contact Dan via email for donation pick up.


Gilbert Fire Department

To Benefit: Gilbert Public School children in need

Gilbert Fire Department’s annual Back to School Supply Drive runs through July 30th.

Requested Supplies: Backpacks, 3 ring binders, notebooks, pencils and pens, colored markers and a variety of other items.

Drop-off locations:

All Town of Gilbert buildings and Fire Stations

This year we will also be partnering with (for additional drop-off locations):

San Tan Market Chick-fil-A’
Texas Roadhouse (Power and Ray)
The Goddard School (Lindsay and Warner)
Method Real Estate Solutions (Alaris Business Center located at San Tan Mall)


Simply Ravishing The Salon Supply Drive (Gilbert)

To Benefit: Homeless students in the Gilbert School District

Collecting throughout July at Simply Raving the Salon in Gilbert (2401 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 104 )

Supplies Requested: Back packs, larger ones and basic school supplies: pocket folders, binders, paper, pens, pencils, calculators, insulated lunch bags, glue sticks, fischer scissors, Paper reams for the copier, Dry erase markers (thick basic colors), kleenex, clorox type wipes, hand sanitizer and erasers.



Mission Bank 10th Annual Our Town Cares school supply drive

To Benefit: Underprivileged children in the Kingman area

Monetary donations and school supplies are being collected. A list of needed supplies can be obtained and supplies are being collected at Mission Bank locations now through the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information, contact Mission Bank Public Relations Director Debbie Catt at 718-5555.



Yuma County Drive For School Supplies

To Benefit: Yuma county students

Donation locations: Yuma Regional Medical Center, the Foundation of YRMC located in the YRMC Corporate Center, AEA Federal Credit Union, Alexander Automotive Group, Applebees, AWC, Big Lots, Bobby’s Territorial Harley-Davidson, City of Yuma Public Works, Clear Talk Wireless, Daybreakers, Dillards, Family Dollar Store, Foothill Shoes, Fisher Automotive, Gowan Company, Hoppstetters, JC Penny, KCFY, Mohave State Bank, National Bank of Arizona, Old Navy, Sheltra Insurance, Shippen & Associates, Sonora Nissan, Starbucks, Sun Vista RV Resort, Starbucks (Pacific, Yuma Palms and 4th Avenue) Super Cuts, The UPS Store, University of Phoenix, Walgreens, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Yuma City Hall, Yuma County Library District, Yuma Foothills Realty, Yuma Nursing Center and Yuma Police Department.

Supplies Requested: backpacks, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, 3-ring binders, folders, notebook paper, rulers, erasers and dictionaries.

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