Excuse me, can you spare a pencil?


Six Chicagoland area low-income schools need our help to get their kids off to a good academic start this fall. Building Blocks Toy Store, along with other businesses, is partnering with Families Helping Families of Chicagoland (FHFC) to collect essential school supplies for them. 

school supplies drive

We need new (not used):

  • Writing Tools: pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, crayons, dry erase markers, highlighters, erasers, pencil sharpeners
  • Supplies: scissors, glue, glue sticks, calculators, rulers, notebooks, notebook paper, folders
  • Backpacks
  • Any school supplies in general!

Please consider purchasing a few extra things as you shop for back-to-school supplies for your own family.


From now until August 15th, bring your donation to any collection site listed here:

Building Blocks Toy Store

2130 W Division Street, 773-235-1888

3306 N Lincoln Ave, 773-525-6200

Purple Monkey Playroom

2040 N Western Ave, 773-772-8411

Snippets Mini-Cuts

2154 N Clybourn Ave, 773-755-1000

3724 N Southport Ave, 773-327-6000

Diversey Health Center

2626 N Halsted St, 773-472-7484

Little Threads

2033 W Roscoe St, 773-327-9310

Lively Athletics

109 N Park Ave, Oak Park, 708-358-0605

My Gym

1461 W Webster Ave, 773-975-9600

7625 W. Lake Street, River Forest, 708-209-1600

The Children’s Gift Shop

310 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-441-5975

Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore

654 Central Ave, Highland Park, 847-432-8300


Thank you for your generosity and support!

Toyshopkeeper Katherine




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