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Back to School Tools drive through Aug. 24

Staff Report~ 7/23/2014

PHOENIX – Outlets at Anthem is asking for donations of new clothing, shoes, school, and hygiene and food basics to benefit Children First Academy,  the Valley’s largest school serving for homeless and underprivileged children. Outlets at Anthem, Lerner and Rowe, and CVS Pharmacies are teaming up for the Mix 96.9 fifth annual Back to School Tools donation drive. From July 21 to Aug. 24, visit CVS Pharmacy locations and Outlets at Anthem to donate supplies to Children First Academy’s Phoenix and Tempe campuses.

Children First Academy is a school for homeless and at risk youth. Approximately 230 students grades K-8 attend the Tempe campus and 350 students grades K-10 attend the Phoenix campus. The schools have important needs for items including traditional school supplies, clothes, shoes, hygiene items, and non-perishable food.
Collection bins at Outlets at Anthem will be located in most retailers, as well as the customer service desk in the food pavilion for people to drop off items. Cash donations will be accepted in the center’s food court eateries.

At the end of the campaign, the money donated will be doubled by Legacy Connection and given to Children First Academy. Additionally with a purchase of a candy bar at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a candy bar will be donated to the academy; visit the chocolate factory in its temporary space in the food pavilion next to Subway during the store’s renovations.

Items requested include:

  • Clothing in all sizes in youth through adult
  • Classroom and school supplies
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Hygiene and medical items
  • Items for the school’s birthday room
  • Art sets
  • Board games

For a full list of items needed, visit