Thanks! We are grateful! We just wanted to say thank you for helping us with our school supplies. We appreciate all your help. So here’s a smile that you’ve helped put on our faces. 🙂 Thank you so much!
The 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 financial stress during the school year.
|Backpacks (no wheels)|
Binder (1” white, clear front)
Binder (with subject dividers)
Box of pencils
Composition Notebooks (wide ruled)
Copy Paper (white)
Crayola Crayons (24 pack)
Crayola Markers (thin & wide)
Dry Erase Markers
Ear Bud Headphones
Folders (vinyl, 2 pockets)
Folders (plain, 3 prong)
Highlighters (all colors)
Lined Notebook Paper (wide ruled)
Loose Leaf Paper
Note Cards (plain)
Note Cards (3×5 lined)
Pencil box or Zippered Pouch
Pens – black, blue, and red
Ruler with Centimeters and Inches
Scissors (Fiskars, rounded tip)
Sharpies (fine point, black)
Spiral Notebooks (wide ruled)
Trapper with zipper (include a pencil case insert)
Annual Back to School Rally
Every year, Families Helping Families of Iowa hosts a Back to School Rally, providing around 400 backpacks to local students in foster care, approved/relative placement or those who have been adopted from foster care. If your business would like to host a school supply drive to help fill our backpacks for the 2019-2020 school year, please let us know!
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.
Register for the 2019 Rally
Registration will open July 1st and run until July 27th at 11:59 pm and can be accessed online. More details will be available soon.
Just a quick note to say Thank You on behalf of the kids in Delaware County. The backpacks were distributed quickly and the kids enjoyed picking them out! We look forward to working with you in the future.
Delaware Social WorkersDelaware County, IA
Just a quick note to say thanks for all your help with the donation of the backpacks. It is greatly appreciated. The kids always love getting new backpacks with goodies inside. Thanks again!
You have no idea how appreciative these families are, and we here at DHS as well, to have received all these wonderful backpacks! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
MarieDepartment of Human Services
I wanted to thank you very much for the school supplies and the hair cut vouchers. I have four children and this was very helpful! Thank you for all you do for our community’s children in foster care.
Thank you for the backpack and the notebooks and everything you do for people who need it.