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School is (almost) in session! Help make sure kids are prepared.

The time has come to head back to class. Children and families participating in Tubman’s community-based youth programs, shelter programming, or checking in at Northstar Youth Outreach Center often do not have the time or resources to get ready for Back to School season, which means our annual Back to School Supply Drive is on! From pencils to paper to backpacks and tissue, you can make an impact on how a child or youth starts out the school year. Help get kids prepared to return to school by donating the much-needed and desired items below. All items must be NEW and UNUSED.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations and times:

Harriet Tubman Center East
1725 Monastery Way
Maplewood, MN 55109

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday


Tubman Chrysalis Center
4432 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday


NorthStar Youth Outreach Center at Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Ave., Suite 2006
Maplewood, MN 55109

4 - 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday


No time to shop? Use the button below to shop our Target Wishlist to have our most requested and needed items shipped directly to Harriet Tubman Center East!


  • Loose-leaf paper (wide and college-rule)
  • Multi-packs of solid-color, two-pocket folders
  • Composition and spiral notebooks (wide and college-rule)
  • Post-it notes
  • Pencils (mechanical and Dixon Ticonderoga or USA Gold brand sharpened #2)
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Watercolor paints
  • Crayola crayons and markers (bold and fine line)
  • Elmer's liquid glue and glue sticks
  • Non-drawstring backpacks
  • 3" three-ring binders
  • Hard plastic pencil cases

Classroom Essentials

  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer (gel and wipes)
  • Chargers (iPad/iPhone and Android tablet/phone)
  • Earbuds/headphones
  • Dry-erase markers (black, preferred)