Donations still being accepted for East Valley’s largest school supply event

June 6, 2022
Four volunteers in front of an Operation Back to School A-frame sign

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The City of Chandler and nonprofit For Our City-Chandler are once again organizing the largest school supply drive in the East Valley to benefit Chandler students in need. Donations are being requested to ensure Chandler students have essential school supplies to be ready for the upcoming school year.

The most convenient way to contribute to Operation Back to School Chandler is to donate online. For those who prefer to donate via cash or check, they may email

Local organizations, employee groups and the general public also may organize backpack or school supply drives with (brand new only) items through Thursday, June 23. The following items are requested:

  • Backpacks
  • Packs of no. 2 pencils (12 ct.)
  • Boxes of crayons (24 ct.)
  • Packs of colored pencils
  • Packs of washable markers
  • Highlighters
  • Pens (blue or black only)
  • Bottles of glue (4 oz.)
  • Pink erasers
  • Pencil boxes or pouches
  • Glue sticks
  • Rulers
  • Index cards
  • Flash drives
  • Twin-pocket folders
  • Composition books
  • Books (preschool reading level)
  • Spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled)
  • Packs of notebook paper (wide or college ruled)
  • Youth shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms in any size for boys or girls

Donated items may be dropped off on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 22 from 8-10 a.m. at 650 S. Cooper Road, Chandler
  • Wednesday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Chandler City Hall Parking Garage, 240 S. Washington St.
  • Thursday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Chandler City Hall Parking Garage, 240 S. Washington St.

Be sure to email to confirm your day and time of drop-off, so staff will be available to help unload your vehicle.

This year’s Operation Back to School Chandler event will take place at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave., from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, with seamless drive-up service. Invitations to students to attend the day-of event are currently being distributed by Chandler Unified School District.

For more information about the donation drive, or to learn about volunteer opportunities for Operation Back to School, visit For Our City-Chandler or contact CC Cantabrana at 480-782-2218.  


Media contacts:        
Stephanie Romero
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer


Jose Fernandez
For Our City-Chandler

480-760-3729 cell