Courageous Hearts is Back!

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Once again, Packages From Home is thrilled to team up with Fry's Food Stores, CBS 5 and the community of Arizona to support our troops this February during the annual Courageous Hearts fundraising effort.

Packages From Home has been selected as one of four organizations to benefit from the Courageous Hearts campaign, which will be televised and promoted by CBS 5, to help give back to the individuals who have sacrificed so much for this country: our United States military personnel, veterans and their families.

During the month of February, all 123 Fry's Food stores will give customers the opportunity to donate their spare change at cash registers and purchase a Courageous Heart to dedicate to a past or present service member. Fry's Food Stores has set the bar high with hopes of raising at least $200,000 to be split between four nonprofit organizations, including Packages From Home.

This year, Courageous Hearts will include some great giveaway drawings for folks who make a tax-deductible donation of $50+ during CBS 5's Phone Bank event scheduled from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Valentine's Day, February 14th.

It warms our hearts to see that Fry’s Food Stores, CBS 5 and the communities of Arizona have such a strong commitment to our military, veterans and their families! Packages From Home and all of our deployed troops and veterans want to give you a big thank you for your support during this year's Courageous Hearts initiatives! We truly appreciate your help in continuing our mission of remembering and honoring our past and present military heroes.

Desert Schools Matches Donations for Our Troops!

Desert Schools VolunteersWith the holidays right around the corner, our long-term partner, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, is going above and beyond to help us make this the most wonderful time of the year for our deployed military heroes.  From now through December 26th, Desert Schools will be matching thousands of dollars in monetary donations from the community to help Packages From Home.  100% of the funds raised and matched by Desert Schools will purchase postage for the care packages to send to our troops who could really use a little extra love as they spend the holidays away from their home and families. 

“Each care package costs just under $17 to send to our heroes,” says Sarah Perry, Director of Fundraising at Packages From Home, “and we’re expecting the cost to increase again after the first of the year.  Together, Desert Schools and the community can make a huge impact on our holiday care package output for the men and women who are really missing their families and feeling pretty low this time of year.  Every dollar helps – especially since Desert Schools is generously matching each donation that comes in!”

If you would like to make a holiday contribution for our troops and have Desert Schools match your donation, please visit www.packagesfromhome.org and:

  1. Select the Donate button. Enter the amount you would like to contribute. Select either the Paypal or Card option. 
  2. On the next page, you will see a blue plus sign that gives you the option to add a note to our troops.  In this space, please type “Desert Schools,” as this will activate the donation matching. 
  3. Complete your payment and pat yourself on the back for doing good for our heroes!

Desert Schools also encourages the community to make in-kind donations to help fill the care packages (view our Wish List to see the items needed and requested by our troops).  

We Remember 9/11/2001

Never Forget 9.11There are many mixed emotions that come with remembering September 11, 2001 – anger towards those who attacked, despair for those lost, gratefulness for the brave men and women who risked their own lives to save others, and a great sense of pride in our country. And though these attacks occurred 15 years ago, we still feel their effects as if they happened yesterday.

It is important for us, as Americans, to look to the future while remembering and learning from the past. At Packages From Home, we are making the conscious decision to turn our hate for the terrorists who made 9/11 a monumental day into love for the 170,000+ deployed troops who currently protect our country and the 20 million veterans who still make sacrifices for their service. While our hearts are heavy for our lost loved ones, they are also full with pride and solidarity for those who carry on. With great honor and thanks, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11, the loved ones they left behind, and the brave Americans who volunteered to preserve our freedoms.

If you would like to support the American military heroes who continue to protect our great country, please make your tax-deductible, monetary contribution by clicking the yellow "Donate" button on this page.

Thank you, and God bless America!

Remember 9/11 by Honoring Those Who Carry On

Celebrate Jade's 15th Birthday

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Meet Jade. This incredible young lady was born on September 11, 2001. Every year, she asks for donations for our troops instead of gifts for herself. To celebrate her birthday and honor those affected by the events that took place on the day she entered the world, Jade is hosting a Packing Party on September 17th with her friends and family at Packages From Home in Glendale, AZ. If you would like to help us make Jade's birthday extra special, wish her a happy birthday on our Facebook page and/or surprise her by making a tax-deductible donation in her name to Packages From Home. All donations attributed to Jade's birthday will be used specifically for her Packing Party celebration. Make your tax-deductible contribution by clicking the yellow "Donate" button on this page.

 

Win a GoPro Hero4

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To honor and remember September 11th, Packages From Home is hosting a special giveaway of a brand new GoPro Hero4! The rules are simple:

1.  Enter to win by making a donation of $20 or more by clicking the yellow "Donate" button on this page by September 29th at 11:59 p.m. Your name will automatically be entered into our drawing for EACH donation you make in denominations of $20. (Ex: If you donate $100, your name will be entered into the drawing 5 times.)

2.  The winner will be announced and notified on Friday, September 30th. If you win, you'll have the chance to keep the GoPro for yourself OR donate it to a military serviceperson and receive a $100 gift card of your choice instead!