Arizona’s Largest Backpack Drive, ‘Phoenix Tools 4 School’, Pivots to Drive-Thru Amid COVID-19

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The HeroZona Foundation and American Legion Post 65 to Support Students in Kindergarten thru 8th Grade

In an effort to support local families with the cost of their kids returning to school, the HeroZona Foundation will host its 8th Annual ‘Phoenix Tools 4 School’ on Saturday, July 25, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65 (1624 E. Broadway Rd.) in Phoenix.

To ensure the health and safety of volunteers, community members, students and their families, this year’s backpack drive will be adhering to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. This means the Tools 4 School backpack drive will now be a drive thru event and families will be asked to stay in their car while receiving supplies.

“This year has been especially tough on students and their families given the impact of COVID-19,” says U.S. Army Desert Storm Veteran and Co-Founder of the HeroZona Foundation, Alan “AP” Powell. “Through providing basic school readiness supplies for students whose families cannot afford any or all the necessary items to start off the school year, we hope to alleviate some of their financial burden.”

In just seven years, the Phoenix Tools 4 School annual event has impacted over 50,000 students and family members by providing them with supplies needed for their education, such as book bags, notebooks, writing utensils and more. Pre-coronavirus, the Tools 4 School event has also hosted a carnival and workshops from Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University for 7th and 8th grade students to prepare them on their path to higher education.

The event on July 25 is free and open to the public and is expected to draw thousands of families. Tools 4 School is open to all students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Supplies are limited, with registered backpacks distributed first and remaining backpacks distributed as first come first served while supplies last. People can preregister at Attendees are encouraged to show up early and students must be present to receive their backpack and supplies.

This year’s event is supported by partners such as APS, UPS and Crescent Crown Distributing. Community supporters include Phoenix Suns, SRP, ASU, Roosevelt School District #66, Southwest Airlines, EPCOR, 101.1 The Beat, Mega 104.3, 101.9 Campesina and Dollar Days.

For more information about Phoenix Tools 4 School on July 25, visit

About HeroZona Foundation
The mission of HeroZona Foundation is to create and empower Heroes in Phoenix communities. The HeroZona Foundation’s annual HeroZona National Veteran Summit created a multi-day networking experience to improve America’s support of veteran companies through workshops, networking, entrepreneurial connections, and seminars. The summit will return to Arizona for a fourth year in November 2020. Other programs include the Bridge Forum, Phoenix Tools 4 School, Play it Forward, Honor Walk, Veterans Reach to Teach, Voting for Veterans and Play It Forward. For more information, visit    


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