Free School Supplies, Backpacks, Haircuts, Uniforms, Health Screenings

Back to school time is exciting. It’s also expensive. Here are some places where you can get assistance for the students in your home if the lists of “must-buys” becomes too long. Thank you to Early Learning Centers at MSD Lawrence Township for their support in making this list possible.

Need School Supplies or Uniforms? Many churches and organizations do fundraisers to provide backpacks full of supplies. Organizations like Operation School Bell and Backpack Attack collect and distribute supplies directly to schools where they are then passed on to families in need so you can also contact your school to see if they can offer your child assistance with supplies. Individual schools in IPS and other uniform-wearing districts frequently offer uniform trade-in programs or sales. Contact your child’s school to ask about similar programs!

Events Providing Backpacks, Supplies, and More:

Please note that at all events children must be present to collect backpacks and other supplies.

MSD Decatur Township: 2021 School Supply Backpack Giveaway

Saturday, July 10, 10 am – noon
5650 Mann Rd, Indianapolis

Backpacks filled with school supplies will be available to Decatur Township students in grades K-12 on a first come, first serve basis during this drive-through giveaway.

Free backpacks filled with school supplies.

Operation Backpack

Saturday, July 10, 11 am – 1 pm
Vertical Church, 620 N Carr Rd, Plainfield, IN

Free backpacks filled with school supplies, food, and games will be available while supplies last.

Free backpacks filled with school supplies.

Back to School Bash

Saturday, July 17, 10 am – 2 pm
Mercy Road Church- Northwest, 9511 Angola Ct., Indianapolis, IN

Families will be able to pick up hygiene items and school supplies at this event, as well as special services including haircuts for school-aged children, family photos, and more!

Free hygiene items, school supplies, haircuts, and family photos.

IPS Back-to-School Festival

Monday, July 19, 11 am – 2 pm & 4 pm – 6 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis

This festival will provide backpacks filled with school supplies, free school uniforms (while supplies last), and other giveaways to all IPS families at this drive-thru event. Check out the local sports team’s mascots and cheerleaders from the car, as you go through!

Free backpacks filled with school supplies and school uniforms.

Backpack Giveaway

Friday, July 23, 6pm
7606 East 82nd St. Indianapolis

Join us for our free Backpack Giveaway! There will be free food, live music, bounce houses, Kona Ice, and of course backpacks. Each backpack will have school supplies in it to help your children start off the school year right. This is a free community event for anyone who wants to attend! *Backpacks will be given away until they are gone.

Shalom Dr. Dannee Neal “Back To School” Health Fair 2021

Saturday, July 24, 10 am- 2 pm
Shalom Health Care Center, 3400 Lafayette Road Suite 200, Indianapolis

Health screenings, wellness educations and information to children and their families. It will include FREE school and sports physicals, immunizations, eight (8) different medical screenings, a Kid’s Zone, bicycle giveaways and much more! Limited number of free backpacks and school supplies available.

Free physicals, immunizations, and backpacks filled with school supplies.

Back to School Supply Giveaway

Thursday, July 29, 11am-1pm
7101 Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis

In partnership with Castleton Square Mall & The Fashion Mall, the MSD of Lawrence Township is excited to provide free Back-to-School supplies for anyone who stops by!
Stop by between 11 AM – 1 PM in the parking lot at Castleton United Methodist Church. Look for the big blue LT bus!

Back to School Supply Giveaway

Thursday, July 29, 2pm-4pm
5301 North Franklin Rd, Indianapolis

In partnership with Castleton Square Mall & The Fashion Mall, the MSD of Lawrence Township is excited to provide free Back-to-School supplies for anyone who stops by!
Stop by between 2pm-4pm in the parking lot of Lawrence Community Park. Look for the big blue LT bus!

2021 Back to School Bash

Saturday, July 31, 9 am – 2 pm
2325 E New York St, Indianapolis

Families will be able to uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies at this event, as well as health services. Free lunch will be available starting at 10:30 am.  Supplies are available on a first come, first serve basis. Identification is not required.

Free uniforms and backpacks filled with school supplies.

2021 The Back 2 School Bash

Saturday, July 31, 11 am – 2 pm
2415 E 72nd St, Indianapolis

Backpack Blessing and Diversity Church- North Indy are collaborating to provide supplies to families in need and celebrate the return to school with live entertainment, including face painters, balloon artists, and more.

Free school supplies and live entertainment.

TCC’s Backpack Giveaway 2021

Sunday, August 1, 1 pm – 4 pm
Participating stores around the country will be handing out free backpacks filled with school supplies on that day, while supplies last. Backpacks will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Each child receiving a backpack must be there with you at the giveaway. Find a participating store here.
Free backpacks filled with school supplies.

2021 School Supply Assistance

Sunday, August 1, 2 pm – 4 pm
Sheridan High School, 24185 Hinesley Rd, Sheridan

Families will pick up items at Sheridan High School parking lot and items will be placed in the car. Sheridan Youth Assistance, MAMA’s Cupboard and local churches will host the 2020 Back to School Bash. Families must pre-register by July 10 to guarantee back to school supplies.

Free school supplies.

Back to School Block Party-Indianapolis Urban League

Saturday, August 7, More Details TBA
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave, Indianapolis

Free backpacks and school supplies while supplies last. Free health screenings, free farmers’ market bags filled with school supplies.

Free backpacks filled with school supplies and health screenings.

Back-to-School Community Resource Day 2021

Saturday, August 14, noon – 4 pm
900 W 30th St, Indianapolis

Marion county families with children 5-18 can receive a new pair of shoes, book bag filled with supplies, and more.  Registering families may also opt to complete a Youth Financial Literacy Program and have a savings account opened in the child’s name upon completion. Families must pre-register by July 21 to guarantee back to school supplies.

Free shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies.

Child Advocates Free Kids’ Fair

TBA
4150 N. Keystone Ave. (Mainscape parking lot)

The event will be a drive-through structure, if possible, please arrive by car. However, there will be a special tent set up to cater to those who arrive on foot/bike/bus/etc.

Free school supplies.

Perry Township SHARE Event: School Supply Drive Through

TBA
Perry Meridian Sixth Grade Academy, 202 West Meridian School Road, Indianapolis

This free school supply drive-thru will have supply bags pre-packed with many of the necessary supplies, based on your child’s level (elementary, middle, high). You MUST register EVERY child through this form. Once you register a child, we will have a box ready for him/her, so please do not feel like you have to rush and get in line early on the day of the drive-thru. If you show up and have not registered you will not receive any supplies.

Free school supplies.

Perry Township Uniform Sale

TBA
6548 Orinoco Ave. (PTECH Building)

Perry Township Annual Gently Used School Uniform Sale
Huge selection of quality uniform clothing, sizes Kindergarten through Adult, gently priced $3-$6!

Cash, check, and credit/debit cards accepted.

Back to School Bash at Franklin Park Church

TBA
Come Celebrate Summer Break with free school supplies, a Christian rapper, outdoor movie and an incredible fireworks show. There will also be a cash concession and a gift card giveaway. You don’t want to miss this exciting bash! This event is free but concessions are available for a fee.
Free school supply giveaway.

Back-to-School Backpack Extravaganza at Andy Mohr Kia in Avon

TBA
Food, fun, face painting and more! The Bowtie Guy will be giving away 150 backpacks filled with school supplies and goodies for the kids.
Free school supply and backpack giveaway.

Ms. Hoosier State South Side Back to School Bash

TBA
Stewart Memorial Church, 1745 Minocqua Street, Indianapolis
Book bag giveaway, IFD Book Mobile, Fire truck show and tell, youth empowerment, food and drinks.

Free food, entertainment, and backpacks filled with school supplies.

Backpack Attack at Whiteland Church of Christ

CANCELED FOR 2021
100 backpacks and school supplies available while supplies last, children must be present. Kids will have the opportunity to get a free, back-to-school haircut, learn about our free weekly tutoring program, Kroger’s The Little Clinic will be onsite to discuss school required immunizations, sports physicals, and other services that they offer. Fire and police departments will be there for the kids to tour their trucks and equipment and pick up some safety tips/information. This event is free.
Free school supply and backpack giveaway + haircuts.

Where to Donate

Indy Backpack Attack is a local organization that is currently wrapping up its 2018 supply & donation drive. This organization places bins around the city and collects the most needed supplies. Indy Backpack Attack partners directly with Indianapolis Public Schools to distribute supplies to students in need.

Hendricks County Backpack United is collecting common school supplies to assist children in Hendricks County Schools.

To donate supplies in surrounding counties, Indy Backpack Attack suggests contacting the United Way of Central Indiana. Each county office has a coordinator for area donations. Click here for a list of most wanted supplies.

Teacher’s Treasures is a local organization that helps teachers help students. Teachers are able to “shop” for supplies they need in their classrooms. Donations are accepted during business hours, and monetary donations can be made online.

School on Wheels provides tutors for students experiencing homelessness. This program functions on volunteers and donations, providing academic support for vulnerable students. School on Wheels accepts monetary donations on their website, and there’s a link to their Amazon wish list there as well.

18 thoughts on “Free School Supplies, Backpacks, Haircuts, Uniforms, Health Screenings”

    1. Annie sanglton

      Hi when do you have signed up for next year. Back to school fI
      Fair. My son family live in Anderson ind. I have 2 grandsons. That go to school. and thanks.

  1. Ruth Marie Severio

    Where can I get help with shoes, uniforms, booksacks, supplies and school stuff ect?? I have 4 children and I handicap and fighting for disability and can’t afford all this stuff for my children I feel like a horrible parent but my kids are my life and I live in Livingston, Louisiana and was wondering where I could get help with all this for my children??

  2. I believe the date for back to school at urban league is incorrect. When I clicked on the link it stated July 28, not July 22. Thanks

  3. My confirmation for st Lukes back to school extravaganza says July 21, 10am-2pm, instead of the july 28-29.thanjs

    1. Hi Sherry,
      Your appointment time might be different than what was offered to the public during the time this article was published. At this time, ALL St. Lukes appointments are full. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. Hi Gregory! I’ll keep my eyes and ears open and try to get a resource together for next school year! I’ll let you know if I find anything for this year.

  4. Sharon R Steinbecker

    Where do I find my grandson free school supplies? They just moved here from Tennessee. Mom and Dad are bothered out of work. Do you know anyone that can help. I’m on social security and I barely make it my self. Can you please help them?

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