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.
Did you know that 85% 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 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:
New or gently used backpacks
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, 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 , P.O. Box 90464 , Nashville, TN 37209
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 used Mac laptop computers with wireless capabilities
iPads, and iPhones
New or used Mac compatible printers (wireless preferred) and scanners
White and colored copy paper , posterboard
Zi8 video camera and video cards
Two horse bumper pull horse trailer (slant haul with dressing room preferred)
Golf cart and/or Cub Cadet and/or Polaris Ranger EV electric farm vehicle
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.
Baking soda (for cleaning)
Books, toys, games for library (G-rated)
Dry erase markers
Garden hoses (medium and heavy duty, 50' and 100')
Gloves (work and garden) assorted sizes
Hasps and hinges
Heaters (large patio propane type)
Lumber (for building projects)
Nails (all sizes)
Paint (left overs okay)
Paper shredder (heavy duty)
Pens, pencils, and Sharpies
Tape (scotch, masking, electrical, plumbing, and duct)
Screws (assorted sizes, especially need longer ones)
Tables (picnic and folding)
Vinegar (white and apple cider)
Therapy Horses and Cats
Grass or alfalfa hay suitable for horses, square bales (can haul if nearby)
30" or 32", fleece Dressage girths with at least one stretchy end
Sidepulls or bitless bridles (cob, horse, and draft sizes all needed)
Buteless horse supplement (either 2lb bags or 5lb containers)
Vision horse supplement
Web horse halters (medium, large, and X-large)
Kevlar-tough hoof sealant
Cob or horse sized horse harness
English peacock or safety stirrups (medium and large)
English stirrup leathers
Draft horse sized English saddle.
Cat food (dry, kibble)
Water troughs (70-100 gallon, galvanized metal)
ASTM/SEI Riding helmets (large and X-large)
A printing company who will donate our printed promotional material
A social media guru
A plumber and electrician to make minor repairs to our learning center
Chainsaw and tree services
Someone who can help maintain our two riding lawn mowers
A handyperson for small jobs and miscellaneous repairs
Please mail smaller items to:
Colby's Army, Inc. , 1394 George Boyd Road , Ashland City, TN 37015 andcontact us about pickup, delivery, or shipping of larger items. Thank you!
Do you have a business that could serve as a drop point? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us!