Photos courtesy of Youth for Troops

Youth for Troops, an organization dedicated to fostering patriotism and supporting veterans and service members through volunteer efforts, has announced two exciting community service events in Anthem.

The first event, Plastic Mats for Homeless Veterans, will be held at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, on August 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The project encourages participants of all ages to contribute to the cause by sorting bags, cutting plastic materials, rolling “plarn” balls, and crocheting mats, which will be given to homeless veterans. No crochet experience is necessary, as there are multiple ways to lend a hand.

Beyond crafting practical support for veterans, the event presents an opportunity for youth to earn valuable community service hours while engaging in a meaningful cause. Those interested can find sign-up links for monthly events on the organization’s website calendar.

The second event, Care Packages for Deployed Troops, presents a family-friendly opportunity to assemble and decorate care packages for service members deployed overseas. Activities include writing appreciation cards and sorting donations. The event will take place at the Outlets North Phoenix, Room 435, located at 4250 W. Anthem Way. Due to space limitations, interested volunteers are encouraged to register early through the organization’s website.

Donations for both events can be dropped off at several locations, including PostNet in Anthem, Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek, Ability Center in Phoenix, and Storage at Anthem.

Youth for Troops offers a diverse range of opportunities for people of all ages to support veterans and active-duty military personnel. The organization aims to inspire patriotism in the youth and across generations through volunteer work, advocacy, and education.

For more information about these events or to sign up as a volunteer, visit, or email them at [email protected].