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 the Pikes Peak region 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

Click here to download an application to receive school supplies

Please return your application to Christmas Unlimited at 2204 E. Boulder Street or email it to cuhq@hotmail.com. APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 23RD

Applications are also available at the following locations. Please call 2-1-1 for more information and to find the agency that is closest to you.

Supplies will be distributed on the following dates:  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, hosting a collection drive at your business or organization, or making a cash donation. Email cuhq@hotmail.com for more info on hosting a drive. 

Click here to Donate

What We Need:

  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Broad classic markers
  • 2-pocket folder w/o clasps
  • 2-pocket folder w/ clasps
  • Pointed scissors
  • Washable markers (broad and narrow)
  • Water colors
  • Ear buds / ear headphones
  • Dry Erase markers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Compass/Protractor combo
  • Black pens  
  • Red pens
  • Highlighters
  • Simple calculators
  • Divider sets
  • Post-It notes 2x2
  • Index cards
  • Zippered pencil bags
  • Supply boxes
  • Composition books 

 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



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