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 23, 2020, 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 on July 28, 2020 and run Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents are advised to proceed to the north side of the building to pick up supplies and are requested to stay in their cars. Donations accepted year round. 946-1556, www.urbanmissionokc.org
Sharing Tree’s Classroom Connection helps kids in need get school uniforms. Donations can be dropped off at 5728 S May Ave or mailed to P.O. Box 891020, OKC, OK 73189.
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.
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 to 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.
Back to School Program at the Citizens Caring for Children Resource Center (730 W Wilshire Creek Blvd Ste 112). Citizens Caring for Children host 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.
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 website for wish list and more information. 262-6555, www.yfsok.org
July 17, 24, 31 & Aug. 4
The Moore Chamber’s Fill The Bus Campaign encourages area businesses to host supply drives in the Moore community. Donate much needed things like paper, pencils, markers, crayons and more at one of the four events planned this summer. The donations will go to Moore Public Schools. For more information and a list of essential supplies, visit www.moorechamber.com.
July 21 &22
FREE SONIC’s Back to School Bash at the Urban League (3900 N Martin Luther King Ave) features virtual distribution program to help families in need with uniform gift cards and other resources. Parents will need to register their students and will then receive a confirmation to attend a invitation only, drive-thru event to pick up the uniform gift cards. Donations are accepted.
FREE Back to School Bash at the Bethel Foundation (13003 N Western Ave) features free back packs and school supplies, food and more. Parent or guardian must accompany children to receive supplies, which are first come, first serve. Quanities are limited. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Back to School Round Up at Alameda Church of Christ (801 E Alameda, Norman) offers free backpacks with school supplies, an information fair for parents and kids’ activities. 9 a.m. – noon.
FREE Slip-n-Slide Family Celebration at Family of Faith Church (13500 SE 15, Choctaw). Backpacks, hot dogs 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. 4 p.m.
FREE Back to School Event at The Good Fight Church (500 E Main St, Yukon) features free school supplies, food, live music, games, and a short word from the pastor. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Feeding 5000 & More at OKC Faith Church (I-40 & Portland). OKC Faith Church will handout backpacks full of school supplies to school age kids in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade while supplies last. This will be a drive-thru only event. Donations can be made online or at the church. Preregistration required for families receiving supplies.
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