Charities Project

The Charity Project at AnimeIowa is about being a good neighbor, and giving back to the community. We work with local charities and programs to help bring light to their causes, and do fundraising and other support for them. To achieve this goal, we host a variety of events at the convention, including our annual Charity Auction. You can also donate at any of the donation buckets located at various places throughout the convention, and at the info desk, where you can learn more about the charity at AnimeIowa.

Charity for AnimeIowa 2019

Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc.

The Families Helping Families School Supplies Closet is open year-round for youth in the foster care system, relative or approved placement, or who have been adopted in family foster care. During your visit to the Clothing Closet, let the volunteer know that you need school supplies.
Through your generosity and support, we prepare children who are in foster care, relative, or other approved placement throughout the area for their first day back to school and have helped youth in our community reach academic goals.
While many children are uprooted from their family home, having a reliable stock of school supplies helps alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies the “starting over” of a new school. This steady stock of school supplies can help relieve that financial stress during the school year.
Donations Needed: 


Elementary (grades K-5) 

  • Backpack (no wheels)
  • Three-ring binder (white)
  • Crayola crayons
  • Crayola markers (thin & thick)
  • Colored pencils
  • Dry erase markers
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Folders
  • Fiskars scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box or zippered pouch
  • Erasers
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Spiral notebooks (4 wide ruled)
  • Highlighters
  • Composition books
  • #2 pencils
  • Pens (blue, black, red)
Middle School (grades 6-8) 

  • Backpack
  • Trapper with zipper (include a pencil case insert)
  • #2 pencils
  • Blue or black pens
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Lined notebook paper
  • White copy paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Basic calculator
  • 3×5 note cards (white lined)
  • Highlighters
  • Flash drive
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Three-ring binders
  • Folders with pockets
  • Composition notebooks
  • Earbud headphones
  • Black Sharpies
  • Book covers
  • Post-it-Notes
High school (grades 9-12) 

  • Box of pencils
  • Box of Pens (blue or black)
  • Box of red pens
  • Composition notebooks
  • Folders with pockets
  • Graph paper
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Rulers with centimeters & inches
  • Scientific calculators
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler and boxes of staples
  • Three-ring binders with subject dividers
  • Correction fluid
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Student planner
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Single subject notebooks