Back to School Drives in San Diego 2018

We got our school supply list from kindergarten and now we’re in the throes of “Back To School” shopping. But I started thinking about other kids that can't buy all the supplies and how we could help. I talked with my kids about this and my oldest said, “I can share my crayons mom!” 

So we headed to the 99¢ store, picked out the supplies, sat in the back of my car to fill up the backpacks and dropped them off. I treated them to ice cream for doing a good deed. And also because it’s still someone’s birthday semanas. (see stories for more!)

We donated our backpacks to Community Christian Service Agency in Clairemont because it was close to us. Can you believe they only had ONE backpack donated prior to ours?! And they close their school drive THIS FRIDAY. 

If you’re in Clairemont, please fill up and drop off a backpack by this Friday. Ours cost about $15 at the 99¢ store.

Otherwise you can check out 7 other school drives below that I could find. The last 2 accept money online; which is sometimes easier. 

If you know of any others, please share in comments or send me a message and I’ll add it to this list.

If you want to donate, HURRY! Some of these supply drives close SOON!!


WHAT: They provide emergency services to individuals and families in need in San Diego for food, clothing, and referrals to assist in their transition to self-reliance.

DONATE: A filled backpack with school supplies - see website for school supply list.

WHERE: Clairemont Service Center

DATES: now-August 17, 2018

TIMES: Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm

WEB: here


WHAT: They provide supportive programs to low-income families.

DONATE: You can still donate by Collecting School Supplies and drop them off at their office. 

WHERE: Kearny Mesa

DATES: now-August 23, 2018

WEB: here


WHAT: Backpack Donation Drive

DONATE: Purchase discounted backpacks from retailers like Nike Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet Kids & Baby, Vans, Kipling and more to be donated to local Carlsbad students in need of supplies. The Carlsbad Education Foundation is requesting new backpacks, algebra calculators, and notebooks, 3-subject notebooks.

WHERE: Carlsbad Premium Outlets. All donations can be dropped off at the Information Center located in Suite 100-C. 

DATES: now-August 27, 2018

WEB: here


WHAT: 12th Annual UCSD School Supply Drive. The UCSD community will collect the school supplies and distribute them to disadvantaged schools across San Diego County.

DONATE: School Supplies (list avail on website). You can buy any of the listed supplies and donate them to the Bookstore collection boxes. Or you can also view their Amazon Wish Lists to make donation purchases online as well. (See the website below for details and links.)

WHERE: UCSD Bookstore Collection Boxes. (The Bookstore generously offered a 25% discount on school supplies purchased for this donation.)

DATES: now-August 31, 2018

WEB: here


WHAT: School Supply Drive

DONATE: Send local kids back to school with pride. Along with The Salvation Army and generous community support, The Kroc Center stuffs brand new backpacks with pencils, paper, crayons and all the supplies needed for kids to feel great and be prepared for the first day of school.

WHERE: Rolando (College/La Mesa area)

DATES: call

CONTACT: Call 619-269-1428 to donate school supplies.