A New School Year Means a Fresh Start – Participate In The Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive

Help children in foster care by donating back to school supplies.

It’s time for our 4th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive, and our partners at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago have teamed up with SOS Illinois as this year’s Premier Sponsor!

As the summer is coming to a close, we are turning our focus toward helping the children in our care that are preparing to start another school year. The 4th Annual Back-to-School Drive continues to carry on a meaningful tradition that was created from the growing desire to assist our students and provide assistance to our dedicated Foster Parents through the support of individual donations, collections from office supply drives, and generous contributions from our corporate partners. It is from these thoughtful contributions that we’ve been able to fill our young students’ backpacks with plenty of school supplies so they can reach their full potential with the tools they need to succeed.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago And SOS Illinois Make An A+ Team

Once again, we are delighted to partner with Fashion Outlets of Chicago as our Premier Sponsor. As part of their annual Back-to-School Celebration, Fashion Outlets of Chicago is inviting guests to visit Concierge Services to receive exclusive offers and incentives, as well as participating in their supply drive.

By donating a new school supply item of a $5 value or more, guests will receive a free 2-day Hop On Hop Off ticket for Chicago Trolley ($49.00 value. One ticket per item donated, up to 3 tickets). Plus, students and teachers who present their school ID at Concierge Services will receive a free 7-day trial of the Fashion Outlets Savings Pass.

This promotion begins on July 14 and runs through July 29, 2018. At the end of the promotion, all supplies collected will be donated to SOS Illinois. Learn more about this generous initiative and complete Back-to-School Celebration details at Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

Conveniently Order School Supplies Through Amazon on Our SOS Illinois Wish List

This year, we’ve made it easier than ever before for you to contribute to making the school year a successful and stress-free one for students and Foster Parents alike. Simply click on the Amazon wish list link below and instantly order supplies for those in need.

You can choose from this list and ship directly to SOS Illinois, or shop the sales in stores and drop off at any convenient SOS Children’s Villages Illinois location during office hours.

What’s more, you can also donate gift cards to Amazon, Walgreens, Walmart and Target so that our Foster Parents are able to make sure that the children in their care have everything they need to start the school year off right.

SOS Illinois Amazon Wish List

We also happily welcome supply drop-off directly at any of our locations listed below. Please deliver school supplies to all Chicago locations by August 24, 2018, and to the Lockport Village location by August 3, 2018. Contact the location that is most convenient for you for additional details:

Lockport Village – Deliver Supplies by August 3
17545 Village Lane
Lockport, IL 60441
P: 815-740-7280
F: 815-740-7282

Administrative Office – Deliver Supplies by August 24
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 925
Chicago, IL 60606
P: 312-372-8200
F: 312-372-8202

Chicago Village – Deliver Supplies by August 24
7600 S. Parnell
Chicago, IL 60620
P: 773-783-0500
F: 773-783-0600

Casa Tepeyac – Deliver Supplies by August 24
4538 S. Hermitage
Chicago, IL 60609
P: 773-247-7725
F: 773-247-7794

Roosevelt Square Village – Deliver Supplies by August 24
1200 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
P: 312-243-1901
F: 312-243-3086

Make A Difference By Contributing Today

In the U.S., there are over 400,000 children living in foster care. Contributions and support from individuals and organizations can truly make a difference in helping these children and their families get the school supplies they need, right when they need them. Simple, yet essential items such as a box of sharp crayons or a colorful new binder can give children in foster care the confidence they need to make a fresh start at school.

We encourage you to gather your colleagues together again this year. We are excited to discover what you will help us accomplish for our 4th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive.

Share your progress and activity on social media, and stay in touch with any questions along the way. Together, by providing essentials like notebooks and pencils, our Foster Parents and children will be able to focus on all the exciting goals they have made for a productive academic year.