Operation Back to School

For a moment imagine you are a carpenter and show up on the job site with only a pencil and a hammer. You're told to start framing a house -- no nails, no saw, no square, no level.  How can anyone expect you to do your job without the right materials?

 At the start of every school year, thousands of children throughout El Paso and Teller counties are asked to do just that. To start school without the tools and supplies to frame their house, the ones they will live in for the rest of their lives--education.

We need your help to ensure that these children have the tools to successfully build their future

What is Operation Back to School?

Operation Back to School provides basic school supplies to families in need, giving their children an opportunity for success based on ability rather than economic advantage. In 2019, Christmas Unlimited plans to provide school supplies for up to 1,000 children.

How to Receive School Supplies

The 2019 application deadline is July 29th

Applications to receive school supplies are available at the locations listed below. Please call 2-1-1 to find the agency that is closest to you.

Supplies will be distributed on the following dates: July 27, August 2-3, and August 9-10, 2019, by appointment only. Clients will be notified via email or text message of their scheduled pick-up date -- if you do not receive an email or text message by August 2nd, please call 719-597-1821.

How to Help - Stuff the Bus Campaign

 Every year, we host our annual Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supply donations from throughout the community. This year's drive will run from July 8th - August 9th! You can help by donating school supplies or hosting a collection drive at your business or organization. Email cuhq@hotmail.com for more info on hosting a drive.

What We Need:

  • Glue sticks
  • 4 oz. glue
  • 12" Rulers
  • Colored pencils
  • Wide-Ruled paper
  • College-Ruled Paper
  • Broad classic markers
  • 2-pocket folder w/o clasps
  • 2-pocket folder w/ clasps
  • Pointed scissors
  • Narrow classic marker
  • 1-subject college lined spiral notebook
  • Compass/Protractor combo
  • Black pens  
  • Red pens
  • Hi-liters
  • Simple calculators
  • Dry Erase markers
  • Divider sets
  • Post-It notes 2x2
  • Index cards
  • Zippered pencil bags
  • Composition books 
  • Ear buds/ear headphones


Drop-off Locations

  • Christmas Unlimited - 2204 E. Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
  • Colorado Springs Fire Stations (accepted year-round)
  • Safeway (locations below):
    • Safeway 0803   7055 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • Safeway 0812   2210 N. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
    • Safeway 0835   5060 North Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    • Safeway 0840   8750 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
    • Safeway 0879   4405 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919  
    • Safeway 1286   3275 West Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    • Safeway 1440   624 Highway 105, Monument, CO 80132
    • Safeway 1466   1121 N. Circle Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
    • Safeway 1499   2890 N. Powers Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80922
    • Safeway 1577   6520 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    • Safeway 1578   1101 E. U.S. Highway 24, Woodland Park, CO 80863
    • Safeway 1644   7655 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, CO 80831
    • Safeway 1792   1425 S Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
    • Safeway 2816   1920 South Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
    • Safeway 2839   840 Village Center Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919  
  • Summit Wealth Group – 13710 Struthers Rd Ste 115 Colorado Springs, CO. 719-633-4033

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A special thank you to these sponsors of Operation Back to School and Stuff the Bus: