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.
- Rulers - organizers say they need lots of rulers
- No. 2 Pencils
- 1-2-inch binders
- College ruled notebook paper
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.
- Jeans or long pants
- 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.