Totes of Hope

  • military man accepting a tote of supplies from a red cross volunteer in harrisburg

Bring Hope to a Homeless Vet

You can bring hope to a homeless veteran right here in Central Pennsylvania by donating personal care items that will be packaged into backpacks.

Donations of new personal care items will be collected at your local Central PA Red Cross office. These items will then be packed into a tote or backpack and distributed to local homeless veterans in Central Pennsylvania.

Our Goal

The American Red Cross would like to create 400 "Totes of Hope" kits to make a difference in the lives of homeless veterans in our community. You Can Help!

Items are collected throughout the month of February.

Please drop off or send us an item or two from the list of items needed. Every donation helps.


Items Needed

  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kits
  • Pens/Notepads
  • Puzzle Books
  • Socks
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Deoderant
  • Body wash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Sturdy Backpack (at least 17" deep and dark color)
  • Bars of Soap
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Fleece Throws
  • Deck of Cards
  • Nail Clippers
  • Lotion (small bottle)
  • Mouthwash
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain Poncho
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Pocket Tissues
  • Anitbacterial ointment
  • Pocket mirror
  • A Note of Thanks to the veteran who will receive a tote!
Please drop your off your items at your local Red Cross Office.


By helping us succeed in our goal of 200 Totes, you are bringing hope to the veterans that are often forgotten in your community. If you have any questions about the Totes of Hope campaign or other initiatives for military men and women at the Red Cross, feel free to contact the Red Cross at (866) 311-3832.