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Back-to-School Clothing Drive

Breaking down barriers to early-childhood education success.


Student Attire for Education offers matching grants to schools that shop in our store to fill their onsite clothing closets. All proceeds from the store go right back into the program to fund additional grants.

Order your uniforms from our retail store today and help us help children all over the valley.


New Clothes, New Beginnings

Each July, more than 10,000 students benefit from our clothing distribution through our partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation’s “Backpack Buddies” program.

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Check out what’s happening this year at the New Clothes New Beginnings distribution event.


This program consists of over 100 volunteer designers who spend all year making clothing so that our students can start the school year with something that was made just for them.

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With 1 in 5 students living in poverty, school officials report that if children don’t have clothes or supplies they will often stay home from school. Our goal is to break down these barriers to education success. Giving clothes and supplies gets them into the classroom where they acquire the knowledge and tools they will need to achieve and advance.

  • “I’ve never had my own book before.”
  • “Now I don’t have to share my toothbrush with my brother.”
  • “Are these shoes my very own?!”
Give a Brighter Future

They need you. We need you.

You know how important education is. Give them the confidence to do well. Give them the chance to succeed.

Your donation makes a big difference.

Thank you.

Join BHHS Legacy Foundation, Bank of America, and KPHO CBS 5 as sponsors of our premiere event: New Clothes, New Beginnings! This is ideal for companies whose social responsibility prioritizes children and education. It offers top-level media coverage, visibility, and the ability to create a company-wide community service project, team building exercises and more.

Volunteer with BTSCD to see the way they light up.

There are many different volunteer opportunities:

  • Backpack (Stuff and/or distribute backpacks)
  • Department (Measure or Fit each child with shoes or clothes)
  • Personal Shopper (Escort student through each department)
  • Computer Inventory (Scan clothing choices of each student, backorders)
  • And more!
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Your voice is their chance to make their stories heard.

Bequests and Planned Giving

As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we are eligible to accept bequests and planned gifts from your family trust or will.

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back-to-school clothing drive

Do you remember your first day of school?

Many of us remember the excitement of putting on special clothes, lacing up cool sneakers, and loading up new backpacks. But for so many children, the first day of school is nothing to be excited about. In many families throughout Arizona, there just isn’t enough money to make sure the school year starts off right.

For more than 50 years Back to School Clothing Drive has prepared high-need children throughout Arizona for a successful school year by providing them with new uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies. With the help of corporate sponsors, private donors, and thousands of caring volunteers more than 5,600 children are able to participate in a memorable day of back to school “shopping.” These three distribution events serve four deserving populations: students attending Title I schools, children in foster care, children affected by homelessness and transitional living, and students with parents in the military.

The majority are served at our “New Clothes, New Beginnings” event held each July at Grand Canyon University. Over the course of a week 4,351 children (3,189 from Title I schools and 1,162 in foster care) receive everything they need for school, including shorts, pants, shirts, socks, underwear, shoes, a belt, and a new backpack filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items. But we don’t stop there! Before summer ends, we hold two more distribution events. At Sequoia Secondary School we help close to 500 children affected by homelessness, and then it’s off to Luke Air Force Base to support more than 750 children who have one or both parents serving in the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to school clothes and supplies, each child at one of our events gets to pick out a hand-made accessory or article of clothing. These one-of-a-kind items are lovingly created by “Stitches of Love” – a volunteer group of seamstresses who sew all year to make sure every child in attendance gets to pick out something special.

Each of our events is designed with the child in mind. With the exception of LAFB, we institute a strict “Kids Only!” policy. Volunteers escort the children to each department to make sure everything fits and that they get what they like. Interactive stations are set up where students learn about healthy habits, meet special guests, and even get to pick out a book or two to take home.

These distribution events change lives. Every child that participates leaves with a big smile, a bag full of new clothes and supplies, and a renewed excitement about the first day of school. If you would like to help us reach more kids, please donate today, and if you want to see your donation at work, we encourage you to volunteer. We guarantee your life will be changed too!

Our mission is to provide new school outfits and uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies to children in need. We help break down barriers to early-childhood school and education success.
Each July, more than 9,500 students benefit from our “New Clothes, New Beginnings” clothing distribution through our partnership with BHHS Legacy Foundation’s “Backpack Buddies” program.  Our Student Attire for Education (SAFE) program offers matching grants to schools that shop in our online store to fill their onsite clothing closets. All proceeds from the store are invested back into our program to fund additional grants and help more children. Finally, Our Stitches of Love program consists of 500 volunteer seamstresses who sew clothes all year so students can return to school with an item that was handmade just for them.

With the help of our volunteers, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, and donors, Back to School Clothing Drive allows students to focus on what’s truly important –  getting an education.

Children Served
School Districts

Open House Saturday, May 8, 2021

May 4th, 2021|Categories: Stitches of Love|

Hi everyone! Our next Open House is this Saturday and we will have the same process as prior months, a mask is required, please no guests and no meeting.  We will be there from 9:00-12:00 [...]

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Rotary Clubs Stuff 1,000 Backpacks!

April 30th, 2021|Categories: News|

More than 30 members of Arizona Rotary clubs and their student-led Interact Clubs needed just under two hours to fill 1,000 backpacks with school supplies at a special Back to School Clothing Drive event on [...]

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Recap – Open House April 10, 2021

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Stitches of Love|

Attached is a copy of the latest, March inventory.  What do we need?  Girls sizes 6-12, top, skirts or dresses and boys dress shirts sizes 7-12.  We are doing very well in girl accessories, for [...]

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Open House, April 10, 2021

April 4th, 2021|Categories: Stitches of Love|

Hi everyone! Our next Open House is this Saturday and while mask restrictions are easing up, masks are still required to attend Open House as many of us have not completed the protection process.  We [...]

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In Memoriam: Jim Ryan

March 25th, 2021|Categories: News|

It is with sadness and great admiration that we say goodbye to former BTSCD President Jim Ryan, a larger than life personality with a servant's heart who passed away on February 22, 2021, at the [...]

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Open House March 13, 2021

March 8th, 2021|Categories: Stitches of Love|

I hope this finds everyone healthy and busy sewing and crafting.  What a year it has been! At our March 2020 Open House, we were just hearing about Covid and the following week our lives came [...]

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