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Host a Drive

Shoes, Clothes & Supply Drive

Your business, organization, school or community group can coordinate a drive any time during the year to help stock the shelves and clothe Cleveland’s students. SC4K hopes to make your drive as easy and fun as possible by providing you with all the necessary tools.

Thank you for your interest in hosting a supply or clothing drive on behalf of SC4K!


Getting Started


Before you get started, consider the following:

  • Determine what type of drive you want to host. Examples include: sock and underwear drives, a full school supply drive, collecting all items on the Most Needed Supply list, focusing on one specific item (like collecting just no. 2 pencils, or crayons, or glue, etc.
), or collecting new backpacks filled with the school supplies
  • Get creative with the collection! Organize competitions - create teams and award prizes to those who collect the most.
  • Choose the length of time and the dates during which you will host the drive. You can run your campaign for a day, a week, a month, a semester, or even year-round. We usually recommend 2-4 weeks.
  • Select a location and the appropriate collection bins or boxes for your organization. Observe high-traffic and accessible areas.

Ready to host a drive? Please contact us at 216.881.7463 x 6 or for more information.

Most Needed Items


New kids-sized socks and underwear of all sizes are always needed. All donated clothing must be brand new with the tags on or in the original packaging.

The supplies that are request the most includes, but is not limited to:

  • Construction paper
  • Copy paper
  • Filler (lined) paper
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons (24pack)

Ready to host a drive? Please contact us at 216.881.7463 x 6 or for more information.

Promoting Your Drive


Before the drive begins:

  • Send out an email, memo and/or voicemail announcing the kickoff date (see Sample Emails)
  • Include news about the upcoming drive in your invitations, newsletters and/or meeting announcements
  • Distribute flyers to your staff and membership (see Supply Drive Flyer)
  • Let your community relations or public relations department know about the drive

During the drive:

  • Set up a box at your party and/or put boxes out in high-traffic areas
  • Have some fun and decorate your collection box
  • Make sure everyone is aware of the most needed items
  • Create fun themes, such as "Casual Crayon Fridays" to encourage and reward team donations
  • Keep participants informed by tracking progress and celebrating successes
  • Announce when the drive is reaching its end (about one week prior) for an extra kick

Ready to host a drive? Please contact us at 216.881.7463 x 6 or for more information.


Tool Kit

Supply Drive Tool Kit Contents & Helpful Hints


Receptacle Label


Donation Envelope


Promotional Flyer


Sample Emails