Colby's Army is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded entirely by grants, and gifts from people like you. All donations are tax exempt as permitted by law. Please know that every gift or donation helps us make a difference in the lives of others. We thank you for your consideration.
Interested in sponsoring an area of our wonderful facility? Sponsorships can be made in honor of or in memory of someone special. For more information, view our sponsorship information.
Did you know that 75% of our funding comes in small donations from individuals just like you? That's why we are very much in need of financial gifts to fund Colby's Army annual fund and programs. No amount is too small and every little bit helps people through outreach, and through interactions with animals and nature. Checks can be sent to PO Box 90464, Nashville, TN 37209, or donate online with either your credit or debit card, or your Pay Pal account. Thank you for your gift!
Our Recent Major Donors
Thank you to our recent major donors!
Paws and Claws Animal Hospital
International Paper Foundation
Jeff and Marsha Alsup
Neville and Cindy Johnson
The Boulevard Bolt
The Herb Society of Nashville
The Kroger Foundation
The Nashville Predators Foundation
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Association
The Red Backpack Fund
Bonaroo Works Fund
United Way of Greater Nashville
Donor tip: you can check for savings on some of the items you might donate to us by doing a price comparison using a resource such as Capital One Shopping.
Our backpacks give homeless men and women the dignity of having a bar of soap or a washcloth, a clean pair of socks or a simple band-aid. Plus, it is about far more than the gift of supplies. Our outreach volunteers identify homeless, establish trust, then work to get them services they need that lead to health care, housing, and even employment. We also deliver furniture and household supplies to people who have recently moced in to housing, and have a few formerly homeless riding with us in our therapeutic riding program. Some even volunteer with us!!!
Please help by donating:
Nonperishable food items that do not have to be cooked
New or gently used backpacks in good condition
Supplies such as socks, stocking caps, gloves, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shoelaces, soap, shampoo, conditioner, chapstick, hand lotion, sunscreen, bug spray, nail clippers, foot powder, antibiotic ointment, band-aids, granola bars, plastic bags of all sizes, sunglasses, ball caps, combs, hairbrushes, watches, car/auto coffee mugs with tops (or bicycle water bottles), tarps, wipes, hand sanitizers, face masks, can openers, tents, sleeping bags, etc.
Also needed: Flat screen TVs, and new or gently used laptop computers or tablets with wireless capabilities to give to our newly housed.
Colby’s Army cannot accept any product that contains alcohol, such as mouthwash, or any product that might serve as a weapon, such as a razor or pocket knife.Thank you.
Please empower others and help us by mailing your new or gently used backpack(s) and supplies to:
Colby’s Army , 1394 George Boyd Road, Ashland City, TN 37015
At this time, we cannot accept items that are sent COD.
If you know of anyone who has access to large numbers of backpacks, such as a retail store manager or a backpack manufacturer, please let them know about us. All donations are fully tax-deductible according to applicable laws and a donation to Colby’s Army of slightly damaged or older model backpacks may be a better economic solution for a business then remaindering them.
If you belong to a church, youth or other group, collecting backpacks or other needed items for Colby’s Army is a wonderful community service project that will make a difference in the lives of many.
We also need a printer or print company who will print cloth stickers for us that we can put on items that identify them as being from Colby’s Army. And we’d love to partner with stores or manufacturers who can provide bulk donations of products to go inside the backpacks. For more information, please contact us.
Ove the years, we have given away thousands of items. It is a simple thing to provide food, clothing, toiletries, etc., and this tiny act of kindness provides more comfort and dignity than you could ever possibly imagine.
Learning Center Wish List
We are also requisitioning the following supplies for our office and learning center. If you can donate any of the following, know that you will help improve the lives of people with life challenges, assist with animal welfare, and improve the environment.
New or gently used laptop computers with wireless capabilities
iPads, and iPhones
New or used printers (wireless preferred) and scanners
White and colored letter or legal sized copy paper , posterboard
Gift cards: Tractor Supply Company, Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Office Depot, or other big box stores, and gas cards, such as Shell or BP
Solar fence charger
Plexiglass (all sizes)
Zareba 1/2" or 1" electric fence tape
3/4 or 1 ton farm truck in good running condition
Baking soda (for cleaning)
Books (fiction, or horse or nature-related), CDs, DVDs (G-rated)
Dry erase markers
Essential oils: clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass
Extension cords (3-prong)
Garden hoses (medium and heavy duty, 50' and 100')
Hasps and hinges
Heaters (large patio propane type)
Nails (all sizes)
Paint (left overs okay)
Pens, pencils, and Sharpies
Tape (scotch, masking, electrical, plumbing, and duct)
Tables (picnic and folding)
Vinegar (white and apple cider), for cleaning, and killing weeds
Therapy Horses and Cats
Grass or alfalfa hay suitable for horses, square bales (can haul if nearby)
30-32" fleece Dressage girths with at least one stretchy end
Sidepulls or bitless bridles (cob or horse size)
Buteless or Devil's Claw horse supplements (either 2lb bags or 5lb containers)
Vision or Via Calm horse supplement
Gro-Strong horse supplement
Shake-No-More_gold horse supplement
Equinity horse supplement
Simplifly fly deterrent supplement
Web horse halters (medium, large, and X-large)
Kevlar-tough hoof sealant
English stirrup leathers
English reins (long)
"Reinbow" reins (long)
Western saddle for high withers with wide tree, 15"- 16" seat
ASTM/SEI Riding helmets (medium, large and X-large)
A printing company who will donate our printed promotional material
A social media guru
A handy-person to make minor repairs to our learning center
Chainsaw and tree services (huge need!)
Someone who can help maintain our two riding lawn mowers and our tractors
Please mail smaller items to:
Colby's Army, Inc. , 1394 George Boyd Road , Ashland City, TN 37015 andcontact usabout pickup, delivery, or shipping of larger items. Thank you!
Do you have a business that could serve as a drop point for items for our collection of items for the homeless? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us!
Mission: Helping People with Life Challenges Through Outreach and Interactions with Animals and Nature