By July 7, 2017

Kids Collects School Supplies for Children of Vets in Need

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Youth for Troops organizers (from left): Hannah Piatt, Taylor Piatt, Tonya Piatt, Heather Piatt, Sophie Hoffa, Walter Hoffa, Renee Hoffa, and Leo Hoffa.

By Karen Goveia — There’s a new Anthem-based organization for kids in search of volunteer opportunities to support veterans and their families.

Youth for Troops was founded by six young people who shared the a mission to give back to members of the military and their families. The group, open to all ages who share a similar passion, is led by a youth advisory board, and supported by an adult advisory board.

During a typical monthly meeting, you might find the youth leaders alongside other local area kids assembling plastic mats for homeless vets, packing care packages for deployed troops, filling backpacks for homeless veterans with toiletries and daily essentials, and participating in appreciation card drives for deployed service members veterans.

The group’s latest project involves hosting a back-to-school backpack drive to collect school supplies for children of veterans in need. Partnering with Veterans First, the goal is to fill 36 backpacks and present the backpacks to children at an event in late July.

Donations are being accepted through July 21 at the following Anthem area businesses:

3655 W Anthem Way, Ste A109
Hours: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

3434 W Anthem Way, Ste 122
Hours: 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Realty Executives
42104 N. Venture Drive, Ste D122B
Hours: 1–3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

New School Supplies Needed

  • No. 2 pencils
  • 24-count crayons
  • Blunt tip scissors
  • Pink erasers
  • Standard pencil boxes
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizers
  • 10-count classic markers
  • Wide rule spiral notebooks
  • 2-pocket folders
  • Tissues
  • 12-count colored pencils
  • Dry erase markers
  • Highlighters
  • 12-inch rulers
  • Backpacks


Youth for Troops meets on the third Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Anthem Civic  Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way. Volunteers can download and complete a permission slip and code of conduct form at

This article first published on North Phoenix News.

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