Volunteers Needed to Support Veteran Service Dogs

We need help this January making 500 doggy bags for the Maricopa County StandDown taking place on Jan. 25th & 26th. They will help homeless veterans and their service dogs🐶

Please call 623-934-3274 or email emily@packagesfromhome.org if you’d like to help. Please share this fun volunteer opportunity with others. Thank you!

Give our Troops the Gift of Being Remembered

More than 215,000 American military servicemembers and 3,000+ soldier dogs will spend this holiday season thousands of miles away from their home country, apart from their families, with very little to remind them of home.

More than 80% of the thank you letters we receive from troops serving overseas discuss loneliness as being one of the most difficult parts of deployed life and that a single care package can help them feel loved, appreciated, and not so far from home.

Please help our heroes combat loneliness, a leading cause of veteran suicide, by donating $20 to send a care package overseas to a hero in need.

Donate Three Ways:

  1. Text the word PACKAGES to 91999
  2. Visit www.packagesfromhome.org
  3. Make checks payable to Packages From Home, 5643 N. 52nd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301

Thank you for your contribution in support of our American military heroes!

Help our Troops Have A Happy Holiday Season!

Packages From Home’s Holiday Mission:Please help Packages From Home support our troops and fulfill our mission this holiday season, as well as year ’round, to provide care and comfort packages to our American military heroes. Just $18 covers the cost of postage to send a care package to a servicemember in need.

Packages From Home is in need of postage funds and items to fill care packages and help:

  • Deployed American military heroes from all branches of the military
  • Pre-deployment Luke Airforce Base personnel
  • Homeless and at-risk veterans in need
  • Military working dogs

Please make your tax-deductible donation in benefit of our troops today:

  • Secure, online credit card at www.packagesfromhome.org
  • Text the word PACKAGES to 91999
  • Mail a check to 5643 N. 52nd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301

Thank you to all of our past, present, and future supporters of our troops for the past 14 years and counting!

Kierland Commons Annual “Miracle on Main”

Packages From Home will be assisting Kierland Commons with their annual“Miracle on Main” by manning a s’mores booth.  We will be manning the booth from 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm.  We will be accepting donations for people to build their own s’mores and 100% of donations raised will go the PFH to send holiday packages to our deployed troops.

Miracle on Main Street Holiday Kick-Off

NOVEMBER 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25 | 12-8 PM | Center Plaza

12-8 PM: Photos with Santa

12-7 PM: Live Festive Music with Chuck E. Baby

12:30-6:30 PM: Storytelling with Mrs. Claus (Every Hour on the Half)

1:30-2:30 PM: Sugar Cookie Decorating

4:00-7:00 PM: Gourmet S’mores

6:30 PM: Official Tree Lighting

6:30,7,8 PM: Snowfall

Luke Air Force Base and Packages From Home Join Forces

In cooperation with Fighter Country and Luke AFB Packages From Home has assumed the duties and responsibilities of Operation Thunderbox.  Operation Thunderbox is a military service member support program. Who’s mission is to provide pre-deployment and deployment care and comfort packages to the air men and women stationed at Luke AFB.

Renewed Energy

Since 2004 PFH has been packing and sending care packages to all branches of the military.  It is this experience that has brought “Fighter Country” and Luke AFB to our door step.  Operation Thunderbox is focused upon service members stationed at Luke AFB and we are happy to “step up to the plate.” This new opportunity will allow Packages From Home to reach out and work more closely in and around the local community.  We are excited and energy levels are high anticipating serving these brave men and women of Luke AFB.

 

Supporting the Troops Never Ends

Most noteworthy, Packages From Home and it’s volunteers have supported our brave American military personnel for nearly 15 years.  Over those years we have experienced many changes in how we are able to continue our mission. One facet has remained consistent. The more people hear about our mission. The better we are able to support the troops.  So get our there and tell everybody you know.  Packages From Home is building and growing and we are on the job! We make it our business to help you show your support!

New at PFH: Team Building for Our Troops!

Due to popular request, we are pleased to announce that we have launched a team building program that enables businesses to do good for their company, community, and country – all while enhancing company relationships, synergy, communication, and ability to achieve goals.

Our team building program can be customized, depending on your company’s budget and number of employees. We are also happy to coordinate an Offsite Packing Party at a location of your choosing, including outside of Arizona. For more information about Team Building for Our Troops, please visit www.packagesfromhome.org or contact our Director of Fundraising, Sarah Perry.

VETERAN HIKES ACROSS AMERICA TO HELP END PTSD

GLENDALE, AZ (February 28, 2017) – Military and veteran support organization, Packages From Home, and Eli Smith, a remarkable veteran who is hiking across America to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other veterans issues, are teaming up while Smith is in Arizona.  

The two groups are pooling their resources to support one another and bring awareness to the country’s growing veterans issues, including veteran homelessness and mental health disorders, such as PTSD.  

“On average, we lose 22 of our veterans to suicide stemming from PTSD,” said Smith.  “That’s 22 too many. I needed to do something about it. After a while, and looking at what other people have done to raise awareness, I decided on a hike.”

But not just any hike.  Smith carefully planned a 13,000+ mile hike along the perimeter of the continental United States, reaching all four “corners” of the nation.  His goal is simple: “To get the hike completed and be able to save just one life. If I can help save just one life, then all the hardships, winters in the north, deserts, pain, loneliness, and everything else will be absolutely worth it!”

In fall of 2016, Smith began training and preparing for – what he has dubbed – the 4 Corners Hike.  Smith chose to embark on this cross-country trek in honor of the veterans who have lost their battle to PTSD – a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress that, per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, affects nearly 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan and 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans.

Packages From Home’s Director of Fundraising, Sarah Perry, first learned of Smith’s journey on social media.  “I happened upon Eli’s journey on Instagram and reached out to congratulate him on his amazing work and see if he needed any supplies or support,” said Perry.  “His mission is so profound and important and lines up with Packages From Home’s mission perfectly so I wanted to make sure we were helping him however we could.  Anyone who sells all of his belongings to go on a three-year hike for our veterans has Packages From Home’s attention and encouragement, one hundred percent!”

When Smith reached Phoenix, Arizona on day 98 of his journey, he remembered the invitation to visit Packages From Home, pick up some supplies, and assemble a care package for a currently-deployed American military hero in need.

“We love having Eli here in Arizona,” said Perry,” but it’s almost time for him to get back on the road to continue his important work.  And he can’t do it alone so we’re making a call to the community to help Eli get the support and resources he needs to carry on.”  

For those who want to join Packages From Home in supporting Smith’s 4 Corners Hike, please visit https://www.facebook.com/4CornersHike/ to make a donation or reach out with other opportunities, such as: hiking and camping gear, food and hygiene supplies, a place to stay along his route, and more.

Watch the video about Eli’s story, thanks to our friends at CBS 5 and 3TV, here.