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School Kits

Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future.

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Include the following items in each School Kit:










Download Instructions

Some important guidelines to remember.

  • If you are looking to purchase backpacks, the preferred style is often used in the U.S. for youth to carry athletic equipment. Try your local sporting goods store or search online using the keywords, “buy drawstring backpacks.”
  • Before purchasing backpacks, make sure they meet the size requirements (14″ x 17″) and General Assembly Instructions. We also have a list of suppliers who have appropriate bags available for purchase in bulk, including Fair Trade options. (.pdf)
  • You can make your own backpacks with our School Kit Backpack Pattern (.pdf)
  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
  • Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed.
  • All items should be new and in good condition.
  • Do not enclose the kit or any of its contents in plastic bags.

How to pack your kits

  • Download and print signs to help guide volunteers during your assembly.
  • Pack completed kits, like items together, in boxes. Label contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.
  • Use strong cartons secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds.
  • Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.
  • Include the name and address of your group or congregation on each box and label the contents

Getting Kits to people in need.

You can either locate a local gathering site, or dropoff or send your prepaid boxes directly to one of these warehouses.

Find an Ingathering Near Me

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776
Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075

The warehouses accept items year-round. Call ahead for driving directions and hours of operation if you are personally delivering your donations.


Now you can log onto our Quilt and Kit Tracker and print out your barcode to put on your shipment of Quilts and Kits.

Then, you and your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.

Additional Instructions

No additional instructions at this time.