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June 5th - August 21st, 2024

Each year, thousands of New Jersey children attend their first day of school without basic educational tools such as backpacks, notebooks, and calculators. These under-resourced children struggle to succeed academically. Jersey Cares works with dozens of schools, children's shelters, and community centers with the goal that no children in New Jersey will have to experience a first day of school without these basic necessities. With your help we can bridge the gap between disadvantage and academic success.


Register to Collect

As a collection site you will have the opportunity to provide youth between ages of 7-16 with the chance of academic success. You and your team may sign up to collect school supplies from our list of accepted item below. You may also register as a Public Collection Site if you'd like to accept donations from your local community!

To register as a 2024 School Supply Drive Collection Site, please check back on June 5th, 2024.

Items NOT ACCEPTED for the School Supply Drive include:

  • Used pencils
  • Notebooks with pages torn out
  • Folders with torn pockets
  • Miscellaneous office supplies
  • Used items of any kind
  • Items not included on our accepted donation list

Items ACCEPTED for the School Supply Drive include:

  • Backpacks (may be new OR gently used)
  • NEW 1, 3, and 5 Subject Notebooks
  • NEW Composition Notebooks
  • NEW 2-Pocket Folders
  • NEW Pencil Cases
  • NEW #2 Pencils
  • NEW Pencil Sharpeners
  • NEW Erasers
  • NEW Pens
  • NEW Hi-lighters
  • NEW Crayons, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils
  • NEW Book Covers
  • NEW Calculators
  • NEW Child Safety Scissors
  • NEW Glue
  • NEW Rulers (12")
  • NEW Laptops or Tablets
  • NEW Headphones
  • Visa or Amazon Gift Cards

Delivery Address and Instructions:

Jersey Cares is no longer accepting school supply donations, but please check back in June 2024 for complete delivery instructions.

Donate Supplies Virtually

Now open!

Want to contribute to the School Supply Drive, but don't have time to go to the store?

Visit YouGiveGoods to have items sent directly to us!

Host an Online Supply Drive

Now open!

Run your School Supply Drive online for free! To set up your online drive page with our partners at YouGiveGoods, please click HERE to begin customizing your donation page to collect supply doantions with your network. 

Please note: all YouGiveGoods pages will close on July 31st to allow for items to arrive by August 21st.

Swag and Support

Head over to our online store to make a donation of one fully packed backpack to a child in New Jersey and receive a School Supply Drive t-shirt or Jersey Cares backpack as a thank you!

To make a donation and check out other Jersey Cares accessories, please click HERE.

Fundraise Virtually

Set up your own fundraising page or donate to support the 2024 School Supply Drive and Jersey Cares.

To contribute funding or create a fundraising page, please click HERE.

Register to Receive

Agency registration for the 2024 School Supply Drive will open on June 5th, 2024.

As an agency recipient you may request to receive School Supply supplies. Please be advised that donations cannot be guaranteed and distribution operates on a first-come, first-served basis. We rely heavily on the participation of collection sites, therefore we cannot guarantee the number of backpacks requested will be filled.

**Please be advised that only registered 501c3 organizations, government agencies, or public schools from New Jersey will be considered for donations**

Pick-Up Address and Instructions:

Please call our office at (973) 533-1993 and press option 2 upon arrival for your scheduled pick-up and to be directed to our loading dock for delivery assistance.

Jersey Cares
290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors

Questions? Please call us at 973-533-1993 or email us at

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