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How You Can Help Youth in Need Get the Best Start to the School Year

At the start of each school year, children and teens in foster care often don’t have access to essential school supplies that are key to academic success. As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, KVC wants to ensure that each child in our care is fully prepared when they return to school.

We invite you to extend a helping hand to children in your local community by donating new backpacks, pens, pencils, calculators, binders and more to your local KVC office! By donating a backpack filled with new school supplies, you are giving a child the best possible start to a successful school year!

We need your help providing the following basic school supplies for children in foster care in our community:School supplies for KVC's Back to School Drive

  • Sturdy Backpacks
  • Pencil Bag
  • 10 pencils
  • 2 blue pens
  • 2 black pens
  • 2 red pens
  • 2 erasers
  • 2 highlighters
  • Ruler
  • 3-ring binder (2 inch)
  • 2 pocket folders
  • 2 packs of loose-leaf paper
  • 1 Composition Book
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • 24 count crayons
  • 1 bottle of glue
  • 2 glue sticks
  • Calculator
  • Index Cards
  • Hand Sanitizer

Ways to help:

  • Fill a backpack with all the supplies listed!
  • See a good deal and stock up on one or two items- we will sort and fill back backs for you!
  • Donate gift cards for uniforms or supplies not listed
  • Use this link to have items shipped directly to KVC from our Amazon wish list!

If you would like to donate supplies, items can be dropped off at the KVC Kansas office nearest you. To find a local office, please visit our locations page.

We know the summer months are a busy time, so if you don’t have time to shop, please consider helping by making an online donation noted for the back-to-school supply drive. Our volunteers will do the shopping for you! Rest assured that all designated donations will go directly toward purchasing school supplies for children and youth in foster care.

The needs of children and families are countless, and KVC could not provide school supplies for every child currently in foster care without individual, community and corporate support and contributions.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Harwig at jharwig@kvc.org or 913-956-5319.