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June 22, 2016

Donations needed for City’s largest school supply drive

Preparation for this year’s Operation Back to School Chandler – the community’s effort to provide disadvantaged students with school supplies they’ll need for the coming school year – is in full effect. The event will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave. 

Donated school supplies, shoes, socks or underwear from the recommended wish list can be dropped off at the following sites until Wednesday, July 13:
  • Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Desert Breeze Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center, 1221 S. Spectrum Blvd., open 24 hours
To view a complete list of school supplies needed (recommended wish list), volunteer opportunities or to make a donation online, visit

This year For our City - Chandler has partnered with Chandler Unified School District’s (Federal Programs. “By making a donation to support this citywide school supply drive, money the District budgeted for those items can instead fund math and reading tutors for our program students,” said Monica Romero, director of Federal programs and State initiatives with Chandler Unified School District.

During the event, Chandler K-12 students in need can receive a backpack filled with supplies, shoes, uniforms, socks and underwear (while supplies last). Participants must bring a previous report card or enrollment form to confirm attendance at a Chandler school or bring a current utility bill to confirm Chandler residence. 

Operation Back to School Chandler is organized by: Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Unified School District, CARE Center, Fans Across America, CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Chandler Neighborhood Resources, ICAN, Boys & Girls Club, EV Jewish Community Center, M.I.L.K., Valley of the Sun United Way and For Our City - Chandler.