Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the 2018 School Supply Drive a success!
The 2019 School Supply Drive will resume June 1st, 2019!

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 10-16 with the chance of academic success. You and your team may sign up to collect school supplies from our check our list of items accepted below. You may also register as a Public Collection Site if you'd like to accept donations from your local community!

**Please only donate items that are on our list. Do not donate used or gently used items. **

Items accepted for the School Supply Drive Include:

  • Backpacks
  • 1, 3, and 5 Subject Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Binder Paper
  • Dividers
  • Book Covers
  • Calculators
  • Composition Notebooks
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pens
  • Glue 
  • Crayons, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils 
  • Dry-Erase Markers 
  • Hi-lighters
  • Rulers (12")
  • Pencil Cases
  • Folders
  • Child Safety Scissors
  • Wal-Mart Gift Cards (to help provide a "First Day of School" outfit)

Delivery Address and Instructions:

Supplies may be dropped off June 3rd through August 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. Please call Vanessa or Meagan at (973) 533-1993 before arriving to be directed to our loading dock for delivery assistance.
Jersey Cares
Attn: School Supply Drive
290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Suite 1320
Livingston, NJ 07039

If you would like to mail us your donations, please send them to the address listed above.

Register to Receive


As an agency recipient you may receive nee School Supply supplies. If your organization serves a specific age population and would like to receive the appropriate age range, please specify this on your registration form. 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 costumes requested will be filled. 

**Please be advised that only registered 501c3 organizations will be considered for donations**

Once the deadline approaches, agencies will be called or e-mailed if orders become available for pick-up. Pick-ups operate by appointment only. We appreciate your patience during the donation sorting process.

Pick-Up Address and Instructions:

Please call Vanessa or Meagan at (973) 533-1993 before arriving 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

 Contact Vanessa Martinez with any questions.