How it started
My name is Matt Reed and I am the founder of First Class Children's Foundation. I have worked for the last 14 years and held tons of community events to raise money for local charities.
In 2017, I started First Class to have creative control over how the money we raise benefits the community. Over the last 5 years we have had a massive local impact. We have inspired literacy, creativity, and imagination in local children through our various programs.
Imagination Box is our flagship program and to this date we have donated over 1,000 Imagination Boxes to children attending CG Johnson, Oklahoma, Juniata, Wasson, and Clearfield Elementary Schools.
Our first Imagination Station book vending machine is currently active at CG Johnson Elementary School. We have donated nearly 5,000 books to local children through our various literacy programs.
We started Legendary Box to give a box of Christmas presents to children being raised by single parents in the tri-county area. Currently we have donated over 70 boxes filled with at least $250/box worth of gifts.
Our latest programs are called SPIRIT ALIVE and KICKS By First Class. These special programs will stock the DuBois Middle School clothing closet with brand new Nike/Converse sneakers and school themed clothing. Our initial investment in this program is 100 pairs of new Nike/Converse sneakers in every size and 200 pieces of DuBois Beavers merchandise.
Our main fundraising is done via car shows such as Cars & Coffee, Labor Day Weekend Auto Show, DuBois Cruise In, Spooky Season Spectacular, and DuBois Shine. These main fundraisers help us gather the funds that we need to make our programs possible. Unfortunately all this fundraising isn't nearly enough for our ambitious goals. Most of the items featured in our Imagination Boxes are donated by folks in the local community via supply drives and online wish list donating.
With the support of our community and our generous sponsors, First Class has donated over $100,000 worth of items to children in our local community over the last 5 years. We plan to tackle the future with the same overwhelming superiority that we have always operated with. We can't wait to see what the future holds, but the possibilities for our Foundation are limitless. Thank you for all your love and support during the journey.