Adopt-A-Troop Military Care Package Program
Troops LOVE care packages and letters of support from the community! The Valley Resource Center sends numerous care packages to deployed military members the first week of every month for our Adopt-a-Troop program . We have sent over 1,000 pounds of snacks and items this past year and our list continues to grow each month!
Most of the troops we support are from our community and are referred to us by a friend or loved one. If you or your organization would like to help, we need items such as food, instant coffee, and protein powder as well as shipping costs. If you wish to donate items, please see the suggested list below. Letters of support for our military are always welcome and appreciated as well.
Is your organization interested in Adopting-A-Troop? Contact us to find out how you can adopt an individual person for the duration of their deployment by providing care package items, shipping costs, and letters of support! We have over 90 individuals and additional units available to adopt!
Also, contact us for more information about how your organization can join us at a care package event.
Drop Off Locations
You may drop off items for the military care packages with our community partners at any time during their business hours or contact us for local pickup.
City of Lake Elsinore Community Services Department - 130 S Main Street Lake Elsinore, CA 92530 (951) 674-3124 ext. 265
CAL True Value - 26100 Newport Road Suite 134-A Menifee, CA 92584 (951) 301-9968
Benny's Place Sandwiches - 25021 Madison Ave #106, Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 698-5660
The Health Intervention & Pain Relief Center - 24663 Monroe Avenue, Suite 101, Murrieta, CA 92565 (951)291-9672
Burger IM – 39760 Winchester Rd Ste A, Temecula, CA 92591 (951) 587-0176
Salon Moselle - 41925 5th St #103, Temecula, CA 92590 (951) 699-5551
Winchester Community Center - 32665 Haddock St. Winchester, CA 92596 (951) 926-5917
Below is a suggested list of items to donate to the Adopt-A-Troop program. Items currently needed include hygiene items, snacks, and other items such as hair gel, shampoo, conditioner, wipes, deodorant (non-aerosol), razors, socks, individual packages of cookies, powdered drink mix, instant coffee, and hair bands. Letters of support and encouragement are always welcome!
We also try to accommodate special requests from our troops. Below is a current list of special requests:
Flip flop sandals (for showering), socks
Instant coffee, disposable coffee cups 10-12 oz, purple powerade, LIT pre-workout sour gummy flavor, bang energy drinks, red bull, Mio water enhancer, creamer
Licorice, peanut M&Ms, gummy bears, sour sweet tarts, skittles, Mike and Ike, Charleston Chews & gum
Lays, pretzels, Cheetos, hot cheetos, Takis, Paul Newman salsa, flaming hot lays, cool ranch & hot Doritos
Oatmeal, Pop tarts, honeybuns, nature valley bars, protein bars
Mac N Cheese, canned soups
Travel sized QTips, female razors, foot powder
Cashews, almonds, trail mix, beef jerky (Uncle Mikes), sunflower seeds,
S'mores items (skewers, Hersey's chocolate bars, marshmallows, graham crackers), boxed candy, sour gummy worms, Oreos, Cheez Its
Tape, packing tape, scotch tape, duct tape, velcro, aluminum foil
Word Search books
Wireless earbuds, Magic of the Gathering Cards
3'x5' Cotton American Flag, 5'x9' Cotton American Flag
Requests from a tent city in the Middle East:
coffee K-cups, coffee cups, cheap disposable dollar store plastic bowls, forks and spoons, women's T-shirts, black or white cotton socks, regular size (not mini) shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bar soap, body wash and toothpaste ... also: makeup, hair clips, scrunchies, cigars (these weekly gatherings are very popular!), licorice & gum, chips, pretzels and QTips, tampons (unscented, with only plastic applicators, not cardboard), female razors, female skin care items, creams, trail mix, sanitizer
Do you have a loved one serving overseas that can benefit from monthly care packages?
If your active duty military member is currently deployed, we invite you to send them a care package from the Valley Resource Center along with messages of support from the community. The only information we need is the following:
• Military Member's Full Name, Title and Branch
• Complete shipping address
• Photo preferred
• Favorite Foods or Wish Items
• Deployment Start and estimated End Date
• Your Name, City of Residence, and Phone Number
Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thanks to the Dioces of San Bernardino for their generous donation of care package items and letters to our troops! Read more about it here: https://www.pe.com/2018/10/26/catholic-students-send-military-members-some-hometown-comforts-during-holidays/
The Veterans 5K Walk/Run & Car Show was fantastic. Thanks to all of you who came out to show your support! A big thanks to the City of Menifee, MSJC, Healthy Menifee, Eyekon Radio, Healthy Menifee, Dedicated Volunteers of Winchester, Menifee Transmission, and JeffNick Law.
Youth Backpack Program
The Valley Resource Center provides youth backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need in SW Riverside County. Backpacks and school supplies are needed at this time. Contact us to find out how you can get involved!