Back-To-School Backpack Drive
Every year HOB puts on a Back-To-School Backpack Drive for families and students in need. Volunteers are asked to donate backpacks stuffed with schools supplies that gets distributed to underserved, homeless and at-risk children in Greater Birmingham and other surrounding areas.
In case you didn't hear, the Backpack Drive has been extended to Friday, August 10th! If you'd like to donate supplies or for more information, please contact Tawanna Willoughby, whose contact information is listed below. Additionally, if you'd prefer to donate monetarily so that we can buy the supplies for you, click here:
The drop off location is at the United Way of Central Alabama
3600 8th Ave. South Birmingham, Al 35232
Phone: (205) 251-5849
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do the backpacks go? Backpacks go to agencies such as, YWCA, Salvation Army, Gateway, Big Brothers Big Sisters, AIDS Alabama etc.
How do I know what is "grade appropriate"? In most stores a kiosk will be located at the front entrance. Pick up a supply list for whichever grade level you choose and fill the backpack accordingly. Donated backpacks should consist of elementary/middle school supplies OR high school
Does it matter if the backpacks are gender specific? ALL backpacks should be gender neutral and character-free. Most city schools discourage students from carrying backpacks and school supplies that have characters (Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, etc.). Please be sure that all backpacks and supplies are clear or mesh and gender neutral colors (red, orange, blue, purple, yellow, black, gray, green).
What if the store I'm purchasing supplies from doesn't have supply lists? If you can't locate a supply list please consider filling the backpack with the following: Loose leaf paper, notebooks, binders, folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, crayons, construction paper and erasers.
We are proud to partner with Success By 6 to help provide as many children with tools for success as they start a new school year!