Back to School Drives Prepare Disadvantaged Kids for Academic Year

No child wants to have to think about going back to school after experiencing the freedom of summer vacation, but The Salvation Army is thinking ahead for them. Since some parents from low-income households may be unable to afford necessary back to school items for their children, we have been working all summer long in communities across the country to collect supplies and raise funds so that kids can confidently return to class ready to learn without having the distraction of missing materials.

In Omaha, NE where nearly one-third of the children live in poverty, The Salvation Army is partnering with local news station KETV 7 to provide thousands of kids with backpacks, school supplies and free physicals. Through August 11 they’re collecting items such as back packs, crayons, glue, erasers, notebooks, and much more. Find more information about how to help at

With the help of retail store Kohl’s, The Salvation Army in Tucson, AZ is throwing its annual “Back-2-School Spree” on July 31. Local disadvantaged youth will receive a backpack full of school supplies, plus be awarded a $100 budget to shop for new school clothing at Kohl’s! Get details at

Northeastern  Florida is accepting applications for their annual “Stuff the Bus” event which collects enough school supplies for more than 1,000 children from low-income families, helping prevent academic disadvantages caused by lack of supplies. Visit The Salvation Army of Northeastern Florida on Facebook to help or apply for aid.

Those are just a few of the many local Salvation Army’s who will be hosting their own back to school drives and events.

In addition, The Salvation Army is participating in a nation-wide partnership with Target on August 10 that will assist12,000 children across the country. Each child will receive an $80 gift card and their own shopping escort to help them find their school needs.

As you can see, The Salvation Army is working hard to ensure that as many children as possible return to school prepared with all the materials they need! School supplies are not something kids need to worry about – watching summer draw to a close is hard enough!

If you’d like to provide supplies for a child, contact your local Salvation Army for specific ways you can help.