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Below we have listed a number of items that would make very welcome donations. If you would like to donate something that’s not on the list below, please feel free to use the Contact Us Page to discuss your possible donation. Thank you.

Children First “Needs” List

I would like to take this time to personally thank each and every one of you who contributed to the donation room and the school this year and in the past. As of right now we have almost 300 children enrolled, not counting High School, which started this year, and the Kelly Kids (special needs). Remember without you we won’t have a donation room so Thank you, and we hope you had a great summer!

General Items
Children First Leadership Academy is always willing to accept donations for students and their families. Please remember that we always put our children first. New clothes are preferred. Please keep in mind that if it weren’t for you to give them new clothing most likely it would be coming from a family member whether it fits or not, or maybe a garbage can. So if it’s torn or soiled please give it to Good Will. We do appreciate everything you do for our children to make it a better life for them. WE CAN NOT ACCEPT USED UNDERWEAR OR SOCKS AT ALL. We are also in dire need of Head Phones, Pocket Folders, Pencils, Glue Sticks, One Inch Binders, Erasers, Markers, Staple guns for the class rooms, Electric pencil sharpeners for the class rooms, Colored construction paper for the class rooms, Scientific Calculators for our Junior High.
  • We have a new art teacher who is looking for a sewing machine (of course in working condition), googles, fabric, or any kind of art supplies you can think of.
  • Something else that I think would help out is we have a gentleman who has been volunteering his time along with a couple of his friends for a lot of years now. What they do is have a Birthday Party the third Tuesday of the month for every child, Kindergarten thru 8th grade whose birthday is within that month. They supply the cake and ice cream, plus let each child pick a gift and if there are books they let them pick a book. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this sooner but they can use new toys/games age appropriate for these kids. Maybe even heavy duty paper plates, napkins, plastic forks and spoons to help them out. If you can’t afford to do that then maybe you can give an hour and a half of your time to volunteer to help out with the kids. Maybe you can sing, play an instrument, or something to entertain them if so call the school and ask for Christine. Tell her what you would like to do and she’ll put you in touch with the Birthday Man!
Clothing Items
We have a new dress Code this year. The children will still be in uniform ( which the school provides 3 at the beginning of the school year), but No Jeans will be allowed, just Slacks, Shorts, Dresses, Skirts, Capris, Skorts, and Jumpers in solid colors of navy blue, khaki, or black which may not be more then 3 inches above the knees when standing. The only type of socks that will be allowed are ankle socks that do not rise above their calves. They must be a solid color of white, navy blue, or black. No animals, basket balls, flowers, strips, etc. printed on them. Shirts may only be Collared Polo Shirts in the solid colors of grey, navy blue, black, or light blue.
  • We are in need of Underwear and Sock. Please remember we can not take USED Underwear or Socks. Thank you
  • Girls Socks we need: Small, Med., and Large, also Ladies sizes for our teens.
  • Please remember they must be solid colors of Black, Dark Blue, and White.
  • Girls Underwear size: 4,6,8,10,12,14,and 16 also 7,8,9 in women’s
  • Boys Underwear size: 4,6,14,16
  • CFLA try to give the children new shoes to wear. They must wear closed toe shoes at school. We prefer gym shoes so they have something for PE. They cannot wear sandals, or flip flops at all to school. Sizes we are out of are as followed:
  • Men’s shoes size 6,7,8,9,12
  • Women’s size 7,9,and 12
  • Boys size 3,4, and 5
  • Girls size 10,2,4,and 5
  • We are starting up Flag Football this year for the 5th thru 8th grade both boys and girls so we are looking for slightly used cleats for both.
  • Also: Autumn and Winter are right around the corner. We need Sweaters, Hoodies, Sweat pants and tops, PJ’s and Jackets for the Children sz. 4 to XLarge Adult.
Food Items
Family Size package/can/plastic jars are preferred, any size packages are accepted. Average family size is 8 children. Cans that pull open, food that can be cooked in a microwave, warming tray, hot plate, or a grill are helpful. Food boxes go home by request any day that the school is open. We average about 40 boxes per month. We also give closed bags for the children to take home on the bus,for the weekend by request also. Please check the dates on all food items to make sure they have a good shelf life left.
  • Cerealcold and hot 3 STARS mean ALMOST OUT AND 4 STARS MEANS OUT!!
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Canned Veggies of all kinds
  • Dried Beans
  • Spaghetti Sauce-with or without meat
  • Spaghetti/Pasta***
  • Canned Chicken***
  • Canned Wiener Dogs***
  • Spam***
  • Canned Soups any kind***
  • Canned Ravioli***
  • Canned Spaghetti with Meatballs***
  • Canned Beef***
  • Canned Beef Stew***
  • Chili with beans***
  • Pudding (Single-Serve)***
  • Juice Boxes***
  • Granola & Breakfast Bars***
  • Fruit Cups
  • Jars of Peanut Butter***
  • Jars of Jelly***
  • Graham Crackers***
  • Rice Cakes***
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Bags of Noodles***
  • Fruit Snacks***
  • Canned fruit***
  • Goldfish single servings and family size***
  • Jello 8 Pack****
  • Instant Coffee/Regular perk coffee (also for the teachers’ lounge) & Tea Bags
  • Taco Shells***
  • Cheese and Crackers***
  • Peanut Butter and Cracker Sandwich Snacks***
  • Rice***
  • Any kind of side dish or meals that can be made on a hot plate or grill***
  • Cases of water
  • Plastic silverware (for the kids to eat the pudding/fruit cups/jello****
  • Healthy snacks that the children can eat at their desk in between breakfast and lunch***
  • Any kind of milkdried, almond, soy, rice
  • Cookies***
  • Boxed jello and pudding to make at home
  • The donation room also has a freezer and a refrigerator to be able to give the families bread, buns, hot dogs, chicken legs, hamburger meat, eggs, butter any thing like that would be a treat for them.They are both standing empty right now.
  • So if you are thinking of running a food drive or just bringing food in on your own we are asking that you look at the dates to make sure the shelf life is good until at least the end of May 2019 school year. Thank You
Healthcare Items
This list supplies both the donation room and school health office. Items labeled “both sizes” are used for family use, and also in the children’s own personal hygiene bags that are sent home or given to the children as needed for personal hygiene (i.e. family size and travel size). Asterisked items are needed immediately. We have showers for the children when needed so that is why we ask for wash clothes and towels. We also have a washer and dryer. So now we need laundry detergent and bounce sheets for the dryer.
  • Sanitary Pads****
  • Lice Shampoo …TEA TREE OIL WORKS BEST according to our moms***
  • Cough Medicine for children
  • Diapers/Pull ups***
  • Band aids (all sizes)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sun Screen
  • Chap stick***
  • Liquid Tylenol and Motrin
  • Tums***
  • Cough Drops****
  • Combs/special combs for lice checking***
  • Hand Sanitizer***
  • Brushes****
  • Zip Lock bagsgallon and quart size***
  • Small plastic cups for taking medicine****
  • Room spray****
  • Laundry detergent****
  • Paper towels****
  • Wash Cloths***
  • Towels*** we have showers here for the children in need
  • Dish Soap****(not dishwasher)
  • Chlorine Wipes****
  • Foot Power****
  • Tweezers***
  • Baby Powder***
  • Large Pads to lie on bed
  • Hand wipes***
  • Deodorant Men and Women all sizes****
  • Mouth wash both sizes****
  • Razors***
  • Shampoo and Conditioner both sizes ****
  • Body Lotion both sizes****
  • Talcum Power****
  • Ponytail holders for thick hair***
  • Tooth brushes****
  • Tooth paste****both sizes
Thank you for thinking of the children. We appreciate everything you do for them. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to drop off donations please don’t hesitate to call Darlene the Donation Room Coordinator Monday – Wednesday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 602-712-0500 X15038. Please leave a message with your phone number if no answer. Also if you are donating perishable food please make sure it is Monday thru Wednesday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm so it can be put in the refrigerator or freezer. Please make sure you allow enough time to take a tour of our awesome school too! Once again we couldn’t do this without wonderful people like YOU!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you PS and by the way mark your calendar for our next Gala Event on Oct.20th at Camelback Golf Club. $150 a plate. 100% tax deductible. For more information and sponsoring opportunities: Tony Banegas 602-515-3146 or This is the biggest fund raiser we have to the children at CFLA. There is still time but tables are selling fast so don’t hesitate…call now PSS: If you would like to donate money so we can buy what we need in the donation room please write the check out to Children First Foundation so we make sure to get it, and put in the memo that you want it to be spent on things for the donation room.If you want the check to go for school supplies than write the check out to the school: Children First Leadership Academy Thank you. and keep those donations coming!!!!!!

To donate, stop by the school any day during business hours or use our Contact Us page to set up an appointment.

Thank you to all of our generous neighbors and friends for you continued donations and support.