Donate School Supplies to Benefit Homeless Children

It’s that time of year again– New York children everywhere will soon be back to school. But did you know that there are 15,000 homeless boys and girls in New York who don’t have the school supplies they need to succeed? The Coalition for the Homeless started a project three years ago to help those kids in need– “Project: Back to School.”

From August 23rd through September 17th, you can donate school supplies to the organization in designated spots all over the city, including right here in Brooklyn Heights. The two nearby drop-off locations are:

Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, 209 Joralemon Street

Brooklyn Public Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West

The Back to School Wishlist includes items like backpacks, pencils, binders, and composition books. Can’t make it to a drop-off location but still want to help? Visit the donation site to make a cash donation starting at just $5 that goes towards supplies.

“The goal is to get an many school supplies as we can,” Coalition for the Homeless Policy Analyst Giselle Routhier said. “There are 15,000 New York City kids in shelters every night. They face a lot of obstacles that make school more difficult– they may have to travel or miss school more often. We’re doing what we can to try to make it a little easier.”

To learn about how you can get involved, call 212-776-2112 or email

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