Chandler seeking donations for Operation Back to School event

Donations are needed for Operation Back to School Chandler.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Donations are needed for Operation Back to School Chandler. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Donations are needed for Operation Back to School Chandler. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Chandler and the nonprofit For Our City Chandler are working to organize the annual Operation Back to School Chandler school supply drive.

The city and nonprofit are requesting donations in a new way this year.

There will be no drop-off locations for donated supplies. Instead, the public may donate supplies by shopping online at https://helpkidsonline.org/forourcitychandler. Monetary donations of any amount can be made, or residents can shop for a backpack filled with essential items or other items students need. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, June 30.

In addition, the following donations—brand-new only—may be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 85 E. Saragosa St., Chandler, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Backpack (pre-K through high school)

  • College-ruled paper

  • College-ruled spiral notebooks

  • Colored pencils

  • Composition books

  • Crayons (24-pack)

  • Flash drives

  • Glue (4 oz. bottle)

  • Glue sticks

  • Highlighters

  • Index cards

  • Pencils (No. 2)

  • Pencil boxes or pouches

  • Pens (blue or black)

  • Pink erasers

  • Preschool-age reading books

  • Rulers

  • Twin-pocket folders

  • Washable markers

  • Wide-ruled spiral notebooks

  • Wide-ruled paper

  • Any youth sized socks, underwear or shoes


This year’s Operation Back to School Chandler event will take place Saturday, July 18, and will be offered at four different schools. It will feature seamless drive-up service to ensure safe distancing and reduced crowds. Invitations to students to attend the day-of event will be distributed by the Chandler Unified School District.

The city and For Our City Chandler are partnering with AZCEND, Boys and Girls Club, Chandler Firefighter Charities, Chandler Unified School District, Compass Christian Church, Crossroads Nazarene Church, Detherage Foundation, East Valley Jewish Community Center, FANS Across America, ICAN, Kiwanis International, Salvation Army and the YMCA for the event.


For more information about the donation drive, visit https://forourcitychandler.org or call 480-782-4329.