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 El Paso and Teller counties 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 2018, Christmas Unlimited plans to provide school supplies for up to 1,000 children.

How to Receive School Supplies

Applications to receive school supplies are available at the locations listed below:

Supplies will be distributed July 27-29 and August 8-9, 2018, by appointment only. Clients will be notified of their scheduled pick-up date.

Distribution Dates Added! We have added two additioanl distribution dates on Friday, August 10 and Saturday August, 11th from 10AM - 3:30 PM. Parents/guardians can come in directly to Christmas Unlimited to fill out an application and receive supplies. Please bring a photo ID for yourself as well as ID for your children which includes their birthdate or school grade (i.e. birth certificate, school registration, or medicaid card). 

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. You can help by donating school supplies or hosting a collection drive at your business or organization. Email cuhq@hotmail.com for more info on hosting a drive.

What We Need:

  • Glue sticks
  • 4 oz. glue
  • 12" Rulers
  • Colored pencils
  • Wide-Ruled paper
  • College-Ruled Paper
  • Broad classic markers
  • 2-pocket folder w/o clasps
  • 2-pocket folder w/ clasps
  • Pointed scissors
  • Narrow classic marker
  • 1-subject college lined spiral notebook
  • Compass/Protractor combo
  • Black pens  
  • Red pens
  • Hi-liters
  • Simple calculators
  • Dry Erase markers
  • Divider sets
  • Post-It notes 2x2
  • Index cards
  • Zippered pencil bags
  • Composition books 


Drop-off Locations

  • Christmas Unlimited - 2204 E. Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
  • Colorado Springs Fire Stations (accepted year-round)
  • Little Monkey Bizness - 1015 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920 
  • 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  

   Click here to Donate

Join us at these Safeway locations for a FREE Traxxas Monster Destruction Tour Monster Truck Display. Spin The Nevada Auto Sales "Stuff The Bus' prize wheel to win Monster Truck tickets to the August 4, 2018 show at Norris Penrose Event Center.
Purchase school supplies at these locations and donate them at these Safeway stores for an extra chance to win tickets and prizes.
Friday, July 27th
2890 N. Powers Blvd 
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Live broadcast = 96.1 The Beat 4pm to 6pm 
Monster Truck display = 3pm to 7pm 
Saturday, July 28th
10am to 6pm 
Norris Penrose Indoor Event Center  
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd # 3
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Stuff The Bus "spin to win" wheel and Monster Truck display 
Sunday, July 29th 
1121 N. Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, Co 80909
Live broadcast = 107.9 KBPI 1pm to 3pm 
Monster Truck display = 12noon to 4pm 
Wednesday, August 1st 
7655 McLaughlin Road
Falcon, CO 80831
Live broadcast = Y 96.9 4pm to 6pm 
Monster Truck display = 3pm to 7pm
Friday, August 3rd 
1920 S. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Live Broadcast = My 99.9 4pm to 6pm 
Monster Truck display = 3pm to 7pm  

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