What we do.

For a decade SUPPORT THE TROOPS has been sending care packages to our military men and women deployed or stationed around the world.

STT Pamphlet From Ahwatukee to Our Troops Overseas the pamphlet.

A more detailed description of what SUPPORT THE TROOPS does is contained in a little pamphlet pictured at the right. You can open, and read that pamphlet by clicking on its image. If you choose, you can download it or print it.

The pamphlet may be a bit odd to read online since it is designed as a tri-fold to be printed on both sides of an 8½" x 11" sheet of paper. Each page is divided into three panels. Start by reading panel 1, the cover panel, which is the one at the far right of the unfolded page. Move down to the second page to read panels 2, 3 and 4, which appear in order left to right. Move back up to the first page and finish with panels 5 and 6, which are left of the cover panel you read first. Happy reading!

Pictures from the troops.

Some of the troops that have received our packages have sent us pictures. These are some of them:

What it costs.

The items being sent cost approximately $26 per box. Shipping charges from the USPS add another $19 per box. In order to send 150 boxes twice a year means that SUPPORT THE TROOPS must raise over $13,000 annually.

How can I help?

Labor. Twice a year SUPPORT THE TROOPS fills the ARC Main Hall with goodies and shipping boxes. You can volunteer to join the assembly line to pack the boxes with various items for the troops. Before Christmas some of the items shipped will be gift wrapped on an additional day. If you would like to volunteer, take a look at the upcoming events to see when the next wrapping and packing days are. Just come on the days and times listed.

Money. If you would like to help fund the sending of care boxes to our service men and women overseas, you can:

  • Mail a check payable to "ARC SUPPORT THE TROOPS" to the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E Cheyenne Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85044.
  • Make a donation by cash or check by leaving it for SUPPORT THE TROOPS at the Front Desk at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center.
  • Make a donation online with your credit card at ARC SUPPORT THE TROOPS on

SUPPORT THE TROOPS is a club at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC). Although ARC is a not for profit homeowner’s association, it is not a 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore donations are not tax deductible. Nevertheless, every cent of each donation goes toward filling and sending the care packages.

How do I get back to these pages?

If you would like to return to these SUPPORT THE TROOPS pages later (maybe to look at Upcoming Events), here's how to put a link on your desktop to easily and quickly get you here ...




Wednesday, April 11, 2019 @ 9 AM—Packing Day

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 9 AM—Wrapping Gift Items

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 9 AM—Packing Shipping Boxes

The image below is a reproduction of the photo inserted on the top of each of the gift boxes. The group photo was taken at the previous packing day. This was the first picture SUPPORT THE TROOPS sent which has a QR code (bottom right) which takes the holder to this web page when scanned.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 8—11 AM—Shred-A-Thon fund raiser in the ARC parking lot. [Time is tentative and may change.]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 9 AM—Packing gift boxes in the ARC Main Hall.

Saturday, July 4, 2020—Fourth of July Party in the ARC Main Hall.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 • 9:30 AM—Wrapping Gifts in the Main Hall.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 • 9:30 AM—Packing Boxes for shipping to the troops in the Main Hall.

That's all folks.