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Back to School BackpackThe Families Helping Families School Supplies Closet is open year-round for youth in the foster care system, relative or approved placement, or who have been adopted in family foster care.

During your visit to the Clothing Closet, let the volunteer know that you need school supplies.

Donate to the School Supplies Closet

Through your generosity and support, we prepare children who are in foster care, relative, or other approved placement throughout the area for their first day back to school and have helped youth in our community reach academic goals.

While many children are uprooted from their family home, having a reliable stock of school supplies helps alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies the “starting over” of a new school. This steady stock of school supplies can help relieve that financial stress during the school year.

Elementary School K-5 (180 needed)Middle School 6-8 (85 needed)High School 9-12 (80 needed)
• Back Pack (no wheels)
• 1” 3 ring binder (white)
• Crayola Crayons 24 pack
• Crayola Markers (thin & thick)
• Colored Pencils
• Dry erase markers (4)
• Elmer’s glue
• Folders (4)
• Fiskars scissors
• Glue Sticks (4)
• Pencil box or zippered Pouch
• Eraser (1 pink)
• Kleenex (2 boxes)
• Spiral notebooks (4 wide ruled)
• Highlighters
• Composition Book (2)
• Pencils (2 packs of 24)
• Pens (blue, black, red)
• Back Pack
• Trapper with zipper (include a pencil case insert)
• 2 boxes #2 pencils
• 1 package blue or black pens
• 5 spiral notebooks (1 subject)
• 3 packages lined notebook paper
• 2 reams of white copy paper
• 1 box colored pencils
• 2 boxes of Kleenex
• 1 basic calculator
• 3 packages 3X5 note cards (white lined)
• Highlighters
• Flash drive
• Hand sanitizer
• Disinfecting wipes
• 1” 3 ring binder
• 5 folders with pockets
• 2 composition notebooks
• Earbud headphones
• 1 black sharpie
• 2 book covers
• 2 pads of Post-it-Notes
• Box of pencils
• Box of Pens (blue or black)
• Box of red pens
• 5 composition notebooks
• 5 folders with pockets
• 1 pack of graph paper
• 1 pack of loose leaf paper
• 1 pad of post-it-notes
• 1 ruler with centimeters & inches
• 1 scientific calculator
• 1 scotch tape
• 1 stapler, box of staples, & staple remover
• 3 three-ring binders with subject dividers
• 1 bottle correction fluid
• Highlighters
• 1 pack index cards
• Student planner
• 1 package mechanical pencils
• 5 single subject notebooks

Annual Back to School Rally

Every year, Families Helping Families of Iowa hosts a Back to School Rally, providing around 300 backpacks to local students in foster care, approved/relative placement or those who have been adopted from foster care.

Who qualifies for the Back to School Rally?

The Back to School Rally is only available to children who are currently in foster care, relative placement or other approved placement by the Department of Human Services, and to those adopted from foster care. Children must be between the ages of 1 and 18, and children over the age of 18 must have been re-entered into foster care or a special needs basis.

Thank You to Our Local Supporters