Fry’s S.O.S. (Save Our Students) Back-To-School Donation Drive

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The Salvation Army Tucson is partnering with Fry’s Food Stores to put on the 22nd annual Back-to-School Backpack S.O.S. (Support Our Students) campaign.

From Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 28, donation bins will be stationed at many Fry’s Food Stores in the Tucson, Oro Valley, and Marana areas. While it might feel like summer break has just begun, many Tucson school districts will be back in session in less than a month’s time. What does that mean? New backpacks – New school supplies – New friends – New smiles.

No matter the environment in which kids are learning this school year, we know the purchase of new school supplies can prove to be a financial burden for some families. Empowering kids with every opportunity to succeed in school, as well as giving them hope, will encourage them to set higher goals for themselves, become more optimistic, and build higher self-esteem.

“The Tucson community plays a huge role in helping children with these needs,” said Tucson City Coordinator Andres Espinoza. “We were fortunate to serve one hundred kids in 2023 with the main back-to-school essentials to succeed, and we need Tucson’s help again to help prepare these kids for the upcoming school year.”

Supplies collected are given to lower-income families to ensure their children’s success in school. The Salvation Army gives a hand up to help give kids the confidence they need for the classroom. Your donations of school supplies can make all the difference for local children in need and can be dropped off at your local Fry’s Food Store. To donate monetarily, go to





·Colored Pencils



·Glue Sticks



·Loose-Leaf Paper


·Pencil Sharpeners

·Spiral Notebooks

“Our heartfelt thanks to Fry’s Food Stores for supporting this wonderful campaign each year,” said Espinoza. “Teaming up with Fry’s to bring smiles to kids’ faces is what it’s all about.”

About The Salvation Army Tucson:

The Salvation Army ranks #6 on Forbes’ latest list of America’s Top 100 Charities and helped over 22,000 Tucson-area neighbors last year through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, shelter and clothing for the homeless, rent and utilities assistance, disaster relief, respite from extreme weather conditions, senior activity and outreach, opportunities for under-resourced children, holiday assistance, and emotional and spiritual support, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at more than 40 units across the state. Around 84 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army in the west go directly to fund programs to help people who need it most. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook TheSalvationArmyTucson; #DoingTheMostGood #SalArmyLoveBeyond.###

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