Where to Donate School Supplies and School Supply Drives

The start of a new school year brings a lot of nerves, but especially to those children who don’t have all the proper school supplies to start the year off right. School supply drives and school supply donation sites are plentiful all over the suburbs. If your budget allows, grab some extra school supplies while out shopping for your child and drop them off at the location nearest you. Most sites also welcome monetary donations. If you are unable to find a drop off location near you but still want to donate, many have suggested asking your child’s principal for anything the school may need or talking to your child’s own teacher. There are so many ways to help students focus on learning rather than supplies!

school supply drives and donations

School Supply Drives in the Southwest Suburbs

Tinley Park Public Library (Tinley Park)
Donation boxes for school supplies available July 14 – August 10, 2018. Check web site for supply list.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties (Joliet)
Accepting school supply donations through August 10, 2018. Check their facebook for a list of needed supplies.

Parkview Church (Orland Park, Homer Glen, New Lenox)
Drop off filled backpacks on August 4 and August 5, 2018 during any mass times at any campus. If you are unable to fill a backpack, individual supplies are welcome also. Check web site for supply list for both high school and elementary aged students.

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United Methodist Church (New Lenox)
School supply drive July 8, 2018 – August 5, 2018 distributed to students in need by the New Lenox School District and the Peace Center of Rogers Park.

Orland Square Cones with a Cop School Supply Drive (Orland Park)
On August 8, 2018 Orland Park Police will be collecting new, unopened school supplies. When you donate supplies, you receive raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes. Click here for the list of school supplies needed.

School Supply Drives in the Western Suburbs

The LeaderShop (LaGrange)
Collecting school supply donations for School Supply Distribution and Resource Fair. Donations can be dropped off at the office or a drop off bin will be available at La Grange Public Library through August 10, 2018. All supplies are welcome but check their facebook page for the top ten most needed supplies.

Cradles to Crayons Chicago (Multiple Sites)
Help children aged newborn to 12 get the supplies they need. Donations are used to create KidPacks that will meet the needs of each individual child. Drop-off sites are located in Chicago and the near western suburbs. Accepts everything from clothes to school supplies. Check their web site for ideas of items needed.

Saint John of the Cross (Western Springs)
Donate school supplies through August 12, 2018 to help support Saint Gall, a sister parish in Chicago. Check flyer for school supplies needed.

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St. Cletus Parish (La Grange)
Accepting school supplies through August 5, 2018 during regular weekly parish hours and weekend mass times. All school supplies welcome but most in need of pencils, colored pencils, pens, markers, crayons, folders, and single subject spirals.

The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LaGrange)

School Supply Drive Web Sites

Adopt-A-Student Drive
Donate by adopting a student and their supply list, a monetary donation, or bring supplies to one of their community partner locations all over the Chicagoland area.

Donors Choose
Help local public school teachers and students by selecting a project to help fund with a monetary donation, or simply add a donation to the ‘give’ box. Get your child involved by allowing them to help pick out the project to fund.

Convoy of Hope Chicago
Donate online to help support this special event on August 25, 2018. that provides families with free groceries, dental and health screenings, haircuts, supplies, meals and much more.

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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