Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manheim Auto Auction Kicks off Annual Totes of Hope Campaign

The good folks at Manheim Auto Auction kicked off our annual Totes of Hope Campaign when they delivered close to 70 backpacks plus additional items to be used to fill even more backpacks to the Red Cross office in Harrisburg on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Since 2011, the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region has joined with individuals and area corporations to secure the items needed to prepare backpacks for homeless veterans throughout our footprint through a partnership with the Lebanon VA.

“I am so very grateful to everyone who supports this campaign, and am especially grateful today for the extremely generous donation by Manheim Auto Auction,” noted Kathy Doran, American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director. “We must all do what we can to support our veterans, and the Totes of Hope Campaign is one way to let our homeless veterans know that they have not been forgotten.”

This year, the Red Cross hopes to collect enough items to assemble 400 backpacks! To learn more about the program and where you can drop-off donations, please contact Lori Demchack at

Items needed this year include:
  • Socks (mens size 9-11)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Fleece Lap Blankets
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Pocket Mirror
  • Decks of Cards
  • Puzzle Books
  • Pens
  • Notepads
  • Sewing Kits
  • Safety Pins
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Lip Balm
  • Toothbrushes (toothbrush cover)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash (small bottle)
  • Deodorant
  • Bars of Soap
  • 3-1 Body Wash
  • Lotion (small bottle)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Pocket Tissues (no boxes)
  • Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sturdy Backpack (at least 17” deep and a dark color)