Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help?

Collect and send one or more school supply items or children’s books. 

Do not send money of any kind.

All donations go to our office / distribution center in Houston, Texas.


Where do I send the donations of children's books and school supplies?

Please send all items to:

NAMserves

5821 W Sam Houston Pkwy N

Suite 100

Houston, TX 77041

Phone: 281-496-9000


When you are ready to send donated items, please complete this online submission form. You will immediately receive a confirmation email from our system. Please print out the confirmation email and include a copy of it in each envelope, pack, or box that you are sending.


We are open during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. All major delivery services deliver each weekday to our office. Examples include, but are not limited to, the US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, and DHL. 


We have a grade-level loading dock and a warehouse, and can accept palletized shipments. 

Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in this worthy project. It will take an army of people across the country working together to achieve the goal of $25,000 in school supplies and children's books collected and distributed.

What school supplies are needed?

School supplies needed include:

• art supplies

• backpacks

• binders

• board games

• colored pencils

• composition books

• craft supplies

• crayons

• dry-erase markers

• erasers

• flash cards

• folders

• glue sticks

• index cards

• loose-leaf paper.

• markers

• pencil boxes

• pencils

• pens

• permanent markers

• pocket folders

• rulers

• scissors

• spiral notebooks

• staplers

• tape

• tissues

• photocopy paper



What children's books are needed?

Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in this worthy project. It will take an army of people across the country working together to achieve the goal of $25,000 in school supplies and children's books collected and distributed.

What else can I send?

There may be other items that you may feel would be helpful. If an item would be normally used in a classroom, then it is needed. For example, children’s puzzles and activity games are helpful. If you have a question about whether an item is needed, please contact our program coordinator at NAMserves@gmail.com.


Please do not send money, food, medicine, nor clothing. Those items are beyond the scope of this project.


If you would like to donate money for flood relief, we recommend the JJ Watt Houston Flood Relief Fund http://jjwfoundation.org

Is there a minimum or maximum of donated items that I should send?

There is no minimum. One item is as meaningful as a hundred. 

Every single pencil and item is needed. Many schools in the area are completely wiped out of all supplies and books. Whatever you feel led to send is just right.


As for a maximum, there is no maximum. We do ask, however, that you email us (NAMserves@gmail.com) prior to shipping if you have a shipment that exceeds the volume that what would fit in an average-sized pickup truck. For some of the larger shipments, we may coordinate a direct delivery to the appropriate school, shelter, or school district building. 

Our office/distribution center has more than 5,000 square feet of warehouse space, a pallet jack, and a grade-level loading dock. Our facility was built for serving large events, including the shipment of large audio-visual devices and a host of supplies to all the pageant events that we produce. We feel blessed to have these resources to use for this vital project. Our staff is eager to get to the work of receiving and distributing your donations. 

Can I collect items at my school, place of worship, from family, friends, or other places?

Absolutely! Be creative! Ideas may include setting up a collection table at your street corner (be safe!), in front of an office supply store, a book store, or at your school. It is up to you and your imagination! If you decide to set up a table, we recommend that you make a bold, clear sign that includes these or similar words:

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF PROJECT

Please donate school supplies and children’s books. 

All donated items will be sent to Houston.


That really says it all. At a glance, folks will know what to do.


If you would like to include your classroom in the collection effort, then you must receive permission from your teacher. Make sure to work closely with your parent or guardian on this project. And always get permission from the school, store, or appropriate authority if you would like to set up a collection table on their property.   

Is there a deadline?

It is back to school time and most schools in the affected areas are now in session. Classrooms are full of children who need our help as soon as possible. 


So, we ask that donated items be sent by Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Is it OK for me to just go online and order school supplies or books to be sent direct to NAMserves?

Yes, that works great. And there are a number of websites that offer free shipping. Plus, at this time of year, there are many specials on back-to-school supplies. If you do send items this way, please still complete the online submission form so that we can keep track of what is being sent. 

Can I send donated items more than once?

Absolutely! There is no need for you to send everything at once. As you collect items, please feel free to send them as you can. We ask that you do fill out a different online submission form for each time you send items.

What is “NAM”?

NAM stands for National American Miss, and we are a large scholarship-style pageant system with a national office in Houston, Texas. Each year at our state pageant events, our participants and families bring a nationwide total of more than $400,000 in collected children’s books and school supplies. We distribute these donations to women’s shelters, first responders, schools, hospitals, and many other charities that serve families. 


With our location in Houston, ample warehouse space, and years of experience in the collection and distribution of children’s books and school supplies, we are uniquely prepared for the scale of this project.


Our event website is www.namiss.com

Do I have to be a participant in NAM to contribute to this project?

Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in this worthy project. Our goal is that through this project a total of $25,000 in school supplies and children’s books are distributed. 


In no way do you have to be a current or former participant in National American Miss.

If I am in this year’s national pageant, can this count toward my Community Service requirement?

Absolutely! When you fill in and submit your online submission form, you will automatically receive a confirmation email directly from NAMserves. 


This confirmation will serve as the national pageant documentation for your Community Service requirement.

If you have any other questions...

Please do not hesitate to contact our project coordinator at NAMserves@gmail.com with any other questions that you may have. We are eager to hear from you!