Donation Information

Donations are an extremely important part of our operation. We accept many different forms of donations (i.e. monetary, care package items, time, office supplies, etc.). All letters and care packages are funded solely through the money we raise during fundraising events or by donation. Every bit donated helps make a difference to our troops serving overseas.

If you would like to give a monetary donation, please send your check donation (made out to the Dear Hero Program) directly to:

The Dear Hero Program
PO Box 10426
State College, PA 16805

Or, follow the instructions below to donate online. Please keep in mind that online donations are through the “Giving to Penn State” website only. Due to student activity restrictions, we cannot collect donations via Paypal or other methods.

If interested in donating care package items, please see our Care Package Wish List page for a list of items most requested by those serving overseas.


Estimated Operational Costs

To give our generous donors an idea of what the Dear Hero Program can do with their contributions, we’ve compiled a general list of how much supplies cost.

$10 – The cost of envelopes, paper, and pens
$15 – The cost of shipping for one care package
$20 – The cost of new, clean socks, undershirts, and underwear
$25 – The cost of new reading material and other items used to take their minds off of the deployment on downtime
$30 – The cost of razors, soap, mouthwash, deodorant, and baby wipes.
$40 – The cost of food and snacks for one care package
$50 – The cost of basic cooking supplies for those with none
$75 – The cost of one whole care package

**Donations of any amount are accepted and greatly appreciated**


Online Donations

Step 1: Start by going to

Step 2: Click on the arrow next to “Student Affairs” 

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Step 3: Check the box next to “Other in Student Affairs”

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Step 4: Click “Next” in the top right of your screen under “Your Selections”

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Step 5: Enter your donation amount at the top of the page and our allocation code below, next to “If you selected ‘Other’ please describe here:”. Our allocation code is: XXTLH -ASA-Dear Hero Program

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Step 6: Complete your information and specify whether your employer/company will match your donation on the following page. 

Step 7: Complete billing information, review, and submit donation!