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.

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.

Saturday, November 14, 2020 • 9 to 11 AM—Shred-A-Thon.

Safely dispose of all those old records taking up closet and drawer space! Drive thru ARC's contact free Shred-A-Thon Saturday, November 14. Just $3 (not tax deductible) shreds and disposes of a banker's box of documents. All proceeds to to Support the Troops.

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.

Thursday, April 22, 2020 • 9:00 AM—Packing Boxes for shipping to the troops in the Main Hall.

Saturday, April 17, 2021 • 9:00 AM—Shred-a-thon.

Below: SUPPORT THE TROOPS volunteers pick up documents from the line of cars to be shredded in November's fundraising event.

Monday, September 6, 2021 • 4:00 PMLabor Day Hot Dog, & Cornhole Party!

The Date: Monday, September 6

3:30 PM     Doors open, Cornhole Tournament team registration, Cornhole boards available for practice, Raffle tickets go on sale
4:00 PM     Special Flag Presentation
The flag that was flown over Saudi Arabia where our gift boxes were sent, will be raised over the Ahwatukee Recreation Center in a ceremony performed by the Honor Guard of American Legion Post 64. The event may be viewed in person from our parking lot or on the big screen inside the Main Hall.
4:30 PM Footlong all beef hot dogs with lots of toppings
Plus: Chips & soda or water (B.Y.O.B. if you prefer)
Later: Ice cream!
5:00 PM Cornhole Tournament with up to 16 two-person teams. All levels—especially novice—are encouraged to play. Teams can sign up when doors open. Gold, silver and bronze medals* will be awarded, plus Millennial prizes to every team participant. ARC-STT game rules apply. *Gold, silver and bronze refer to the color, not the composition of the medals.
6:30 PM Raffle winning numbers drawn, Cornhole Tournament awards

Tickets JUST $10

Tickets go on sale 9 - 11 AM • Saturday, August 21,
in the ARC Social Area
& continue on these times and days:

9 - 11 AM • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
11 AM - 1 PM • Tuesdays & Thursdays
4 - 6 PM • Fridays

until sold out.


Monday, July 4, 2022—Fourth of July Party in the ARC Main Hall.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 • 5:00 AM—Support the Troops annual Fourth of July bash!

That's all folks.