Back to School: Where to give, and get school supply help


The morning bell, recess, lockers and home rooms are just around the corner, and while many are swarming the local box stores for back-to-school supplies, others aren’t able to afford the basics to go back to school.

Here are a few ways in Southcentral you can help, or find help, getting back to school.


Helping Us Give School Supplies (HUGSS)

DONATE: Drop items off at Lutheran Social Services, 1303 W. 33rd Ave. Anchorage. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Drop off items by Friday, August 10.

Items Needed:

  • Rulers - organizers say they need lots of rulers

  • No. 2 Pencils

  • 1-2-inch binders

  • College ruled notebook paper

  • Erasers

  • Pens

DISTRIBUTION: Tuesday, August 14 at East High School from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Find more information here. Or call the HUGSS Hotline at (907) 644-8477.

Alaska Coats for Kids
The Anchorage area winter coat drive started Monday, July 9 and runs through Friday, August 3. Collection sites (listed here) will accept new or gently used winter jackets for children in grades K-12. Organizers say there’s a higher need for adult-sized jackets for teens than ever before. Or, you can make a cash donation at the link above. The winter coat distribution date has not yet been announced.


Stuff the Bus
DONATE: United Way of Mat-Su is collecting gently-used clothing items and shoes to be distributed at this year’s Stuff the Bus event – Drop off at United Way offices in Palmer at 550 S. Alaska St. Suite 205 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday). Call 745-5824 with questions.

Suggested items:

  • Jeans or long pants

  • Sweaters/sweatshirts

  • Shirts/T-shirts

  • Jackets & Outerwear

  • Gloves, hats, mittens

  • Shoes of all sizes

  • No socks or undergarments

DISTRIBUTION: Mat-Su’s Stuff the Bus distribution event is Wednesday, August 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Curtis Menard Center. Attendees can fill a backpack with school supplies, access back to school services including haircuts, immunizations and school physicals.

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