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June 25, 2018

Volunteers needed for City's largest school supply drive

Organizers of Chandler’s largest school supply drive are looking for volunteers to help set up and work at this year’s Operation Back To School Chandler distribution event.

Hundreds of children go back to school each year without any school supplies. Chandler’s annual drive provides disadvantaged students with backpacks, school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms.

Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 20, when setting up for the next day’s event, and then from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Visit to sign up.

Individuals, organizations or businesses interested in helping sponsor the drive can find more information at, or by calling 480-782-2214. For those unable to shop for supplies, cash donations can be made online.

Operation Back to School Chandler is sponsored by the City of Chandler, Chandler Compadres, Salt River Project, Chandler Service Club, Chandler Firefighter Charities, Cox Communications, Crossroads Nazarene Church, Detherage Foundation, East Valley JCC, Barro’s Pizza, First Things First, Trinity Christian Fellowship and Southwest Gas.

Participating organizations include AZCEND, ICAN, Crossroads Nazarene Church, Chandler LDS Church, Goodwill, Chandler Rotary, Intel, Garmin, City of Chandler Employees, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Shear Outreach, Gear-up Promotions, Fans Across America, Hilton Hotels, IES Communications, Bethel Church, Toyota Financial, Pride Group, Boys & Girls Club, St. Vincent de Paul, Islamic Center of the East Valley, Salvation Army, East Valley JCC and Jennifer Pawlik, candidate for Legislative District 17.

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