How Can I Help?

There are a number of ways in which you can help our troops.
WRITE A CARD OR NOTE: These will be included in a care package. Knowing someone in the community cares is a great gift to receive.

GOODS DONATIONS: Caring For Troops is always looking for donations of quality of life items to include in care packages for our military who are deployed/stationed at a "hardship" duty locations.

Should you wish to donate, please review the list of suitable items below. Drop off locations for items and notes/cards are listed below. If you need someone to come to your business or residence please call (541) 330-4677. Our deployed troops thank you.


Bend VFW
1503 NE 4th Street, Bend, Oregon 97701 (Map)

 Deschutes County Veterans Service Office
1128 NW Harriman Street, Bend, Oregon 97701 (Map)

Shilo Inn
3105 O.B. Riley Road, Bend, Oregon 97701 (Map)


Redmond VFW
SW Lake Rd. and SW Veterans Way Redmond, Oregon 97756 (Map)

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME: Caring For Troops is looking for volunteers to pack and address care packages monthly.  For more information, please contact us or click on the home tab for upcoming event dates.

Additional help is needed to work booths at community events and coordinate/plan events. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome.

DONATE SERVICES: For families of service members currently deployed (oil changes, lawn mowing, firewood, repair projects, or other services)

MONEY DONATIONS: Money donations are welcomed to cover mailing expenses and other troop support related costs. To donate money, please make checks payable to Caring For Troops. You can mail your donations to: Caring For Troops, 60749 River Bend Drive,
Bend 97702. Thanks.

PRAY: For our military members and their families.

Thanks for your support!

Quality of Life Items

The following quality of life items are needed on a continuing basis to bring a touch of home to those far away.

Priority Items:

1. Jerky
2. DVD's
3. Batteries
4. CD's
5. Crystal Lite and other powder drinks
6. Socks, any color
7. T-Shirts
8. Deodorant
9. Razors & Shaving Cream
10. Protein Bars

Non-Perishable Food Items:

Individually wrapped pieces of hard candy (Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Roll Pops; Bubble Gum;
Skittles; lollipops; Life Savers; Candy Sticks; Sweet Tarts; etc).

1. Protein Bars
2. Peanuts, pretzels and other snack foods
3. Sweetened Kool-Aid, Gatorade, and other sweetened drink mixes
4. Coffee, sugar, creamer, tea bags, hot chocolate, hot cider
5. Jerky (no pork in contents)
6. Crackers
7. Seasonings: Onion Salt, Garlic Salt, pepper, oregano, etc.
8. Chewing Gum
9. Potato chips (in the can, not sacks)

Other Items:

Toiletry items such as shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste

1. White T-Shirts
2. Hand sanitizer, hand lotion
3. Wet Wipes
4. Sunscreen
5. Eye Drops
6. Wrap-around sunglasses
7. Batteries (AA)
8. Music CD's
9. Small board games such as Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Uno, Cribbage,
and jigsaw puzzles; playing cards, etc.
10. Puzzle books, comic books
11. Flags
12. Nail clippers
13. Electronic Games

Items NOT to Send:

1. Alcohol
2. Pornography
3. Tobacco
4. Homemade foods
5. Glass items
6. Combustibles
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