Totes of Hope

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

Bring Hope to a Homeless or At-Risk Vet

You can bring help and hope to a homeless or at-risk veteran right here in Central Pennsylvania. The American Red Cross is collecting personal care items that will be packaged into Resiliency Backpacks for homeless veterans, as well as items for Move-in Kits for formerly homeless veterans that are transitioning into housing.

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

Items will be collected through the end of March.

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


Items Needed

  • Resiliency Backpack Items Needed
  • Socks (mens size 9-11)
  • Fleece Lap Blankets
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Pocket mirror
  • Puzzle Books
  • Pens/Notepads
  • Sewing Kits
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Safety Pins
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Toothbrushes
  • Lip Balm
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deoderant
  • Lotion (small bottle)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Hand sanitizer (travel size)
  • Body wash
  • Kitchen towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sturdy Backpack (at least 17" deep and dark color)
  • Move-in Kit Items Needed
  • Pots and pans
  • Baking sheet/dish
  • Oven mitt
  • Kitchen towels
  • Plates, bowls, cups
  • Cooking utensils
  • Silverware
  • Aluminum Foil, Plastic Wrap, Sandwich Bags
  • Shower Curtain and Shower Curtain Rings
  • Bath Towel, Wash Cloth
  • Toilet Paper
  • Bed Sheet Set (full)
  • Pillow
  • Blanket (small)
  • Clothing Hangers
  • Cleaning Supplies (Windex, 409, Duster)
  • Mini/Handheld Broom and Dustpan
  • Paper Towels
  • Flashlight
  • Simple Tool Kit or Multi-tool
  • Small Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • 18 Gallon Plastic Storage Tote/Bin
  • 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 fill these Totes of Hope, you are bringing hope to the veterans that are often forgotten in your community. If you have any questions about the Totes of Hope program or other initiatives for military men and women at the Red Cross, feel free to contact the Red Cross at (866) 311-3832.