For over twenty years, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has been working with WVEC-TV 13News to make sure that Hampton Roads children get back to school with The Write Stuff.

During the month of August, at locations throughout Hampton Roads drop-off barrels and boxes are available for the community to donate new school supplies to be distributed by The Salvation Army in the final weeks before school begins. Pertinent information can be found below or by calling 757-543-8100 ext 64249. Click here for a list of locations.


Families fitting all of the following criteria may apply:

  • Household has at least one child in grades K-12
  • Household resides in Norfolk, Virginia Beach or Chesapeake (limited) See Portsmouth section below for Portsmouth and Chesapeake 23321/23323 households.
  • Household is experiencing documentable financial distress or crisis

How to Apply:

Location: The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center: 1401 Ballentine Blvd. Norfolk, VA  23504 (located in Norfolk at the corner of Princess Anne Rd. and Ballentine Blvd.)
Dates/Times: August 26-28 9AM – 3PM

Items Required to Apply:

  • Picture ID for head of household (applicant).
  • Proof of address (lease/mortgage statement or two household bills).
  • Birth Certificates AND Social Security Cards for children in grades K-12.
    • If you also plan to apply for Christmas assistance please plan to bring these for any younger children as well.
  • Proof of any and all household income for the last 30 days including but not limited to: employment income, unemployment income, child support, disability, social security, retirement, vet benefits, etc.
    • If you receive TANF or Food Stamps you will only need to provide proof of either to qualify.
    • If your household income exceeds government income poverty guidelines you will also be required to provide proof of your crisis.

If there is no household TANF or Food Stamps, please bring proof of all household income, including but not limited to: employment income, unemployment income, child support, disability, retirement, vet benefits, etc.
Christmas applications will be accepted during Write Stuff distribution. If household includes children younger than school age, please bring their birth certificates and social security cards.

Portsmouth Write Stuff Distribution (City of Portsmouth Residents and Chesapeake Zip Codes 23321 & 23323):

Attention parents of children entering grades K-12 for the school year 2015-2016: The Salvation Army will now be taking applications for our 2015 Write Stuff program to provide book bags and school supplies to those children who reside and attend school in the city of Portsmouth and in the 23321 and 23323 zip codes of Chesapeake. Applications will be taken from July 1 – August 23, 2015 and will be taken at our office building on 2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA. For questions, please call our office at (757) 393-2519.

Application dates:
July 1 – August 21

Please bring the following documentation with you when applying:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of residency (lease or mortgage)
  • Birth certificates and school entrance letters of final report card for June 2015 for all school-aged children

Norfolk, Chesapeake & Virginia Beach Write Stuff Distribution*:

August 26 – 28

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of residency (lease or mortgage)
  • Child’s verification of enrollment form, class schedule or final report card for 2015

*We will also begin applications for Christmas. If household includes children younger than school age, please bring birth certificates and social security cards for them.