Food Drives
In December of 2014, Christmas is for Children celebrated its 14th Annual Christmas with agencies
who provide underprivileged children with gifts, food and clothing during the holidays.  We increased
the number of food baskets from 550 in 2007 to over 1,100 food baskets in 201
4, along with frozen
turkeys, milk and bread.  This year with your support we hope to reach more children and their families
and provide them with a Christmas to remember.

Since its inception in 1991, CIFC has supported over 42,000 underprivileged children.  "What makes
CIFC unique," states Executive Director Trisha Murphy Rae, "is our approach to bestowing charity in a
way that the families retain their dignity.  Our Food Basket Assembly has become a popular family
tradition.  Collecting enough food to fill all those baskets is an enormous undertaking and we depend
on various generous groups to assist us.“

Over a six week period preceding the actual food drive, various groups dedicate themselves to
collecting food in a variety of ways.  For the last three years Southlake Carroll and Grapevine High
Schools have enjoyed a friendly competition called “The Battle of the Boxes”.  The high schools
compete for the title of most brand name cereal boxes collected for the food baskets-over 3,500 in
2012!  Altrusa DFW coordinates the Red Bag Food Drive, distributing 6,200 red bags covering the
City of Southlake in an effort to involve the community in providing food to feed the needy families.  
CIFC volunteers collect donations from Southlake Kroger over the six week period and Tom Thumb
provides a barrel for collections as well.

This food drive would not be possible without the help and support of several hundred wonderful
community volunteers, Susan Stringer at Southlake Kroger, Altrusa DFW and Kids Matter
International.  Other groups that work with CIFC are Southlake Newcomer’s League, National Charity
League, varsity Southlake athletic teams, P.A.L.’s, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and various religious
organizations

The t
hree Southlake Fire Department stations and the Westlake Fire department station will be
collecting toys and non-perishable foods.

Southlake FD - Station 1
600 State Street

Southake FD - Station 2
2100 West Southlake Boulevard

Southlake FD - Station 3
100 East Dove Road

Westlake FD
2900 Dove Road
Canned Beans/Lentils
Canned Fruit
Canned Ravioli or Spaghetti O's
Canned Soups
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Canned Vegetables
Boxed Cake or Brownie Mix
Boxed Cereals (Name Brands)
Breakfast Bars
Crackers
Cranberry Sauce
Holiday Cookies
Hot Chocolate Mix with marshmallows
Macaroni and Cheese
Oatmeal or other hot cereal
Pancake Mix
Popcorn
Syrup (plastic container)
Pasta
Peanut Butter and Jelly (plastic containers)
Pop Tarts
Boxed Instant Potatoes
Rice
Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce (plastic containers)
Stuffing Mix

Donations also accepted for personal hygiene items
such as:

Soap
Shampoo
Conditioner
Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper
Suggested Food Donation Items