School Supply Drives in Lake County


If you are reading this, you are probably able to provide all the supplies your child needs for school. However, many families in our area cannot provide some or any of the supplies their children need to succeed in school. We’ve collected all the school supply drives in Lake County that we could find.

school supply drives in lake county

School Supply Drives in Lake County

Our Shining Stars Foundation
They are collecting backpacks and supplies at various locations until August 20. Drop off at Loving Paws Pet Grooming in Winthrop Harbor or Christ Community Church Zion.

United Way of Lake County is always in need of NEW or Gently-Used: School Supplies, Books for Pre-K through 5th Grade, Bookbags, and office supplies. Contact Sara Martinez at (847) 775-1026 to coordinate donations.

Rep Masons Back-to-School Supply Drive
Stop by the office in Gurnee, or office hours in Zion, Winthrop Harbor, and Antioch to donate through August 23. See link for a list of needed supplies.

Stuff the Bus – Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has teamed up with Walmart to provide children in need school supplies through our Stuff the Bus event. On August 3, staff and volunteers will be at 49 Walmart stores throughout the Chicagoland area from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to provide shoppers with a list of suggested supplies and to collect their generous contributions. Lake County Locations: Antioch, Rolling Meadows, Gurnee, Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, Round Lake Beach, and Wheeling.

Fremont Township
Located on route 60 in Mundelein they will accept school supply and backpack donations for distribution locally.

Backpack Drive
Heritage Church, 255 North Quentin Rd., Lake Zurich
Heritage Church has once again partnered with Joanie’s Closet, a District 95 Foundation, that serves under-resourced students and their families. We will be providing backpacks and school supplies for over 100 students in our communities. A donation of $25 plus a backpack will ensure these students have everything they need when they start school! Donations can be brought to Heritage Church Lake Zurich office Monday -Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through August 18.

Families Helping Families Chicagoland
New school supplies needed!! We provide thousands of supplies for low-income local kids. Drop-off pencils/markers/crayons/glue or anything else in the school supply section at:

  • Midtown Athletic Club, 2211 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn
  • Eye Level of Northbrook  Learning Center, 1512 Shermer Rd., Ste B, Northbrook
  • Glamour Girlz Central, 457 Central Ave., Highland Park
  • Sach Recreation Center, 455 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

Did we miss one? Please tell us in the comments so we can add it!

Find more School Supply Drives in McHenry County at Little McHenry County.

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  1. Through 8/31, shoppers can donate school supplies that will benefit the surrounding school districts and nonprofit organizations, including the Naval Station Great Lakes. Supplies including notebooks, pens/pencils, folders, backpacks, and other essentials can be dropped off at Gurnee Mills in the designated bins inside Macy’s.

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