Another school year has come to a close and summer vacation is under way! As families add summer plans to their calendars, we are making plans for our annual school supply drive to make sure that children all over Maryland have the supplies they need come fall. 

Last year, COVID-19 changed the way we collected and distributed donations. We received feedback from many parents and students who greatly appreciated the flexibility that gift cards provided. They were able to purchase exactly what they needed, including new items on their lists like webcams! Many families also appreciate receiving backpacks that are filled with essential supplies, so this year we are taking a hybrid approach to best serve local families in need.

two great ways to support students!

DONATE GIFT CARDS to stores that sell school supplies in denominations no larger that $50. Send them to the Building Families for Children office and we’ll distribute them to families in need. Our address is 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MD 21046. Target | Walmart | Staples

PACK BACKPACKS with school supplies and drop them off at our office on August 4 or August 11 between 9am and 5pm.

print materials

Please feel free to download and use these materials to advertise your collection. We are happy to customize them by adding the details of your collection! If you would like us to do that and/or if you want hard copies of these materials, please email Thank you!

These materials list the end date for the collection as August 8, the Sunday before August 11 when we’re hoping to have all donations delivered to the BFC office.

The FULL PAGE FLYER includes a list of suggested supplies on the back!




SEND DONATIONS by august 11

To ensure that we have enough time to distribute donations before the school year starts, we hope to receive all donations by August 11. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Fields at 410-872-1050 ext. 1600.

want to learn more?

If you want more information about our School Supply Drive and/or if you would like us to send you flyers, you can use the contact form below. You can also give us a call at 410-872-1050. Thanks!