Help give DePelchin families the school supplies they need

Three kids with new backpacks

While the blistering heat might make us feel that summer will never end, a new school year is rapidly approaching. We invite all DePelchin supporters to help us make sure the year starts on the right foot for the children and families we serve.

DePelchin is collecting school supplies this summer to distribute to children we serve across our programs and in the four regions where DePelchin offers programs: Houston, Austin, Lubbock, and San Antonio. For years, our supporters and volunteers have helped make our Back-to-School drives a success. Last year, we distributed 900 new backpacks filled with paper, binders, pencils and other supplies needed to start the new school year successfully.

We will again distribute the backpacks in August, and now is a perfect time for individuals, businesses, or community groups to host a donation drive to collect school supplies and donations. Hosting a donation drive is easy and a great way to rally friends and coworkers around a cause that makes a tangible difference in children’s academic journey.

Our most needed items are mesh or clear backpacks, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, and colored pencils. You can also purchase items off of our Amazon wishlist.

We will be collecting donations at our DePelchin Donation Station at 200 Sandman Street in Houston, where volunteers will help us sort donations and prepare them for distribution to our offices around the state. Donations should be dropped off by July 27, either between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, or by appointment. If you have any questions about how to host a donation drive, please contact Norma Noonan at or (281) 780-9873.

Each year, we see how much the families we serve through foster care, prevention services, and other programs appreciate the school supplies that our supporters provide. Please consider hosting a donation drive soon so the children we serve can be ready to learn as they start the school year.

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