Want to lend a hand to students in need this school year? Need help getting your school supplies? These events in the Oklahoma City metro area can help!
[Please note: This is a working list last updated July 6, 2021, so check back often for updates and additions. Know of an event that needs to be added to our list? Email and let us know!]
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Kit-a-Kid program help students with the supplies they need to be ready to learn. For a $30 donation, the foundation will be able to provide a child with everything they need for the school year. Visit okckids.com to make your donation.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that allows the community to support public school teachers. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. You can search by location or project area of interest from art or math to field trips or specialized classroom equipment.
Assistance League of Norman’s Operation School Bell provides new clothing and books in a retail-like environment to children in need. Children are referred to our program by their teachers and school counselors.
The Backpack Program at Urban Mission provides school supplies for local children qualified as low income. Distribution will begin in late July. Donations accepted year-round. 946-1556, www.urbanmissionokc.org
United Way of Norman’s ABC School Supply Program distributes free school supplies to low-income families in Norman and some surrounding communities. Pre-K through 12th-grade students in Norman, Noble, Little Axe, Lexington and Robin Hill are eligible to apply for the ABC School Supply Program. Sign-up dates are July 5 – 19, 2021.
Sunbeam Family Services Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) School Supply program serves approximately 500 children every year with back-to-school backpacks full of pencils, pens, notebook paper, folders and much more. The GRG program provides support, education and resources for grandparents 55+ who are raising grandchildren without parents in the home in Canadian, Cleveland, Oklahoma and Logan counties. If you would like to donate today, visit give.sunbeamfamilyservices.org. Sunbeam Family Services has 70 free backpacks full of school supplies available for grandchildren who are being raised by their grandparents. Backpacks are available to grandfamilies who qualify and applications are available at sunbeamfamilyservices.org/
Feed the Children’s Teacher Store is in need of classroom essentials such as notebooks, copy paper, glue, pencils, pens and instructional materials. Thousands of teachers from pre-approved Title I schools visit the Teacher Store to shop for school supplies at no cost to them or the school district. This annual event draws teachers from across Oklahoma, allowing them to fill a bag full of classroom supplies as well as collect an assortment of books for the upcoming school year.
The Back to School Program at the Citizens Caring for Children Resource Center (730 W Wilshire Creek Blvd Ste 112) hosts an annual event to provide foster children clothes and supplies needed for school. Each kid gets a personal shopping experience. Preregister. Donations and volunteers needed.
The Bethel Foundation is providing families in need with back-to-school resources including school supplies. Families interested in donating should call Lynda at 405-286-3700.
July 1 – 31
Youth & Family Services School Supplies Product Drive (7565 E Hwy 66, El Reno) benefits children and youth in Youth & Family Services emergency shelter, counseling, foster care and smart start programs. See Facebook for wish list and more information. 405-262-6555, www.yfsok.org
July 16, 23, 30 & Aug. 3
The Moore Chamber’s Fill The Bus Campaign encourages community members to donate much-needed things like paper, pencils, markers, crayons and more at one of the four events planned this summer. Donations to go to Moore Public Schools. For more information and a list of essential supplies, visit moorechamber.com.
FREE SONIC’s Back to School Bash at the Urban League (3900 N Martin Luther King Ave) features a drive-thru event to help families in need with uniform gift cards and other resources. Parents will need to register their students. Donations are accepted. 8-10 a.m.
MetroFamily’s Kids Fest support of Citizens Caring for Children’s back-to-school supply drive for foster families. Drop off needed school supplies to one of the Kids Fest starting locations and enjoy some FREE family fun activities from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Families can also shop their Amazon wish list.
FREE Back to School Bash at Central Church of Christ (800 E Main St, Moore) features free school supplies for K-6th graders, free food including homemade ice cream, inflatables, dunk tank and more. 6-9 p.m.
FREE Slip-n-Slide Family Celebration at Family of Faith Church (13500 SE 15, Choctaw). Backpacks, school supplies and nearly new clothing will be given away while supplies last. Includes inflatables and more. 9 a.m. – noon.
Oklahoma City & Boys Ranch Town’s Back-to-School Dinner Event at Embassy Suites (2501 Conference Dr, Norman) features dinner and a style show. Proceeds benefit a special fund to provide yearly clothing and other basic needs of children at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. $20. 5:30 p.m.
FREE Back to School Event at The Good Fight Church (500 E Main St, Yukon) features free school supplies, music, activities and a short word from the pastor. Preregister. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Back-to-School Outreach at Victory Family Church (4343 N Flood Ave, Norman) features a school supplies drive benefiting local schools. Volunteer opportunities available. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Back to School Bash at Christ’s Church of Yukon (620 W Vandament Ave, Yukon) features a community resource closet for free clothing. In August, a limited amount of backpacks and school supplies will be available first-come, first-serve. The church is also taking donations and will offer crafts for kids while the parents “shop.” 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FREE Feeding 5000 & More at OKC Faith Church (I-40 & Portland). OKC Faith Church will hand out backpacks full of school supplies to school-age kids in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade while supplies last. Donations can be made online or at the church. 8-10 a.m.
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