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Free school supply programs Charleston South Carolina area.

There are ways to get help with paying for or free school supplies in the Charleston South Carolina region, including the counties or Dorchester as well as Berkeley. Kids from grade K to 12 will get vouchers or assistance from charity giveaways. Find places that give free uniforms, backpacks, tablets or laptops or other free school supply programs in the Charleston SC community.

Low-income families, single mom, teachers and people with little or no money will get free back to school supplies. Note the list below is only a sampling of places to get assistance from. Find other options from free clothing closets in Charleston.

A variety of school supplies may be given out to low income parents or those in a financial emergency. Depending on the program and charity, what may be offered includes backpacks; College-ruled binder paper; Pencil sharpeners; Highlighters; pencils; Elmer’s Glue; Pens; crayons; glue; Calculators; Color markers; Pencil box; Scissors; Binder dividers and more. Charleston and Dorchester/Summerville area agencies may also give clothing items for school like shoes, uniforms, jackets, and more.

Like all back to school supply events, the giveaways are seasonal. Some are not offered in all years; others are will be. It is recommended to call in advance to learn about the dates as well as application processes. Some of the places to try for back to school stuff include the following.

Free school supply giveaways in Dorchester, Charleston and Berkeley County

Palmetto Community Action Partnership
Main location is 1069 King St., Charleston, South Carolina 29403. Dial (843) 724-6760
The community action agency runs a program known as the Youth Education Enrichment Program. Everything from summer camps to free school supplies, uniforms for low income children (kindergarten to high school) and more may be given out.

Local churches and Catholic Charities in Charleston and Tri-County area
Many of these run everything from thrift stores to donation programs. They may give out pens or pencils to kids, backpacks, shoes, paper, and other school supplies. Volunteers often run these in the community. Find church Catholic Charity assistance programs in Charleston County.




Kiawah Cares Community Outreach
Address is 23 Beachwalker Drive, Johns Island, SC 29455. For details, call (843) 768-9194
They administer Adopt A School and Student Programs as well as holiday given. There are free clothes from a “general” clothing provision, school supplies, and more. Other goods can even be offered too, including free furniture (desks, chairs, etc.), teacher supplies, and many other items.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc.
North Charleston, SC 29415
They only help orphans and parents who adopt kids (foster parents). Call (843) 747-4099. There will be up to 2 weeks of free clothes given to students, hygiene products, and other supplies.

Rural Mission, Inc.
3429 Camp Care Rd., Johns Island, SC 29455. Call (843) 768-1720

Teachers Supply Closet
Teachers can get help from the non-profit. The location is 2731 Gordon St, North Charleston, SC 29405. Call (843) 714-0234
The organization provides free classroom supplies to struggling teachers in all 3 counties. They can get what they need for their classroom (based on availability). This can be stuff like dry erasers, highlighters, paper, scissors, art supplies and more.

Second Presbyterian Church
Location is 342 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403. Call (843) 723-9237
One day per year they hold an event in which students can get a free backpack full of school supplies. There are also clothes, sneakers, accessories and other items for students in Charleston.

New Life Christian Fellowship
Address is 358 Liberty Hall Rd, Goose Creek, SC 29445. Call (843) 764-0418
One day per year Berkeley County students, from pre-school up to high school, will get free school supplies, clothes and more. What is given out will depend on donations.





St James Presbyterian Church
Main address - 1314 Secessionville Rd, Charleston, SC 29412. Phone - (843) 795-3959
Only students in 4th from 8th grade will get free school uniforms or supplies.

Neighbors Together
Address is 2105 Cosgrove Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405. Call (843) 747-1788
A wide variety of assistance programs are offered in N. Charleston, including a free school supply giveaway. Get books, pens, information on tablet or Chromebooks, notebooks, calculators and more. There are also free personal hyigiene kits for students and food programs.

Referral service - Dial 211 for information on local back to school supply give away events. Two local resources that tend to be offered include the following below. However there are also free school supply events in most towns and cities in the Tri-County region, including Goose Creek, Summerville, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and others. Dial 211 for referrals.

  • Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St., They often have an annual event for hundreds of kids.
  • First Day Festival at Liberty Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Bags of School supplies are often given out.

Catholic Charities of North Charleston
Church address is 1662 Ingram Road, Charleston, SC 29407. Main phone - (843) 531-5535
One assistance program is benefit screening. They also offer free medical check ups and health care. Students can learn about local places for food or school supplies, backpacks, laptop programs, and more.

Salvation Army
There are multiple locations. Each has a back to school supply assistance programs. There may be pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, and other items given. They also offer financial help, job programs for parents, holiday help, and more. Find centers in Charleston County as well as Dorchester and Berkeley.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Main address: 1157 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407. Call (843) 766-8311




Jean's Angels
Location is 956 south live, Isle Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. Call (843) 499-0084
The charity has many educational programs, including free school supply events. The one day "bash" gives out toiletries, backpacks, notebooks, free clothes, sneakers and more. There is also information on scholarships and social services.

Our Lady of Mercy- Community Outreach
1684 Brownswood Rd., Johns Island, SC 29455. Call (843) 559-4109
GED classes are combined with school supply giveaways.


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