Mission: Helping People with Life Challenges Through Outreach and Interactions with Animals and Nature
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!
Neville and Cindy Johnson
Lori Hines and Welcome to 1979
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
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 a backpack and 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 provide life skills and job training for homeless and recently housed men and women at our farm facility.
Please help by donating:
Nonperishable food items
New or gently used backpacks in good condition
New supplies to fill the backpacks 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.
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 and about Operation Backpack. 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 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 the backpacks that identify them as a Colby’s Army pack. 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 on helping with Operation Backpack, please contact us.
We have already filled and given away thousands of packs. It is a simple thing to provide a backpack and some toiletries, 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)
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
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)
28", 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
Web horse halters (medium, large, and X-large)
Kevlar-tough hoof sealant
English stirrup leathers
English reins (long)
"Reinbow" reins (long)
Western saddle with wide tree with 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
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!