Happy New Year

2022 Best Year Ever

regarding how many we helped. 

1525 Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists.


As I sit at my desk and hear the hustle out in the warehouse, I know we are helping to change someone’s life today.  That someone decided to sign a blank check and serve their country knowing that they may give their life for it.


It is our honor to help them create a home with gently used home goods and furnishings at no cost.

For us it’s not about our numbers. It is how we take care of Veterans.


Please know that I am grateful to have a place like Patriots and Paws in my life. I greatly appreciate what you have done over the years to help veterans in need.  Jim L.


Patriots and Paws, my wife and I would like to thank you for the items we received from your organization last week.  Your volunteer was wonderful and patient while assisting us, and all your staff were kind, genuine, and caring.  Thank you again for your time and effort, in helping us and those like us.  May God Bless you and best regards.  Mr. & Mrs. J. Garcia


We have started to take items out to Fort Irwin (Army Base) once a month. Since it is at least a 3-hour drive and 145 miles one way, there are many who can’t afford the cost to rent a truck. They need that money to purchase food, pay utilities or handle other needs. So, our “mobile warehouse” helps Soldiers stretch their resources so they can focus on the mission.


Patriots and Paws continues to make trips out to Camp Pendleton (Marine Base) serving alongside with Camp Pendleton Rotary to provide much need items.


We continue to have our Support Sunday for Veterans. This is a time where they come in and are with their brothers and sisters that have served to talk about what they may need.  This is always the 2nd Sunday of the month, regardless of holidays.  We know when you need to talk to someone, it doesn’t matter if it is a holiday or not.  We are here for you all.  

January brings us the beginning of our “All Veteran Recovery” meeting for those who are in recovery and want to be among their military brothers and sisters.


Again, this last we provided over 250 Turkey Dinner Fixin’s Bags that included a gift card for the perishables.  Tremendous community support helped us fill the bags so we could pass them out.

If you haven’t been to our warehouse, we invite you to come in and take a tour so that you can see firsthand the impact that is made.  Everyone that comes in picks out what they want.  If they don’t find something they like, they can make another appointment since our inventory changes daily as we do our pickups throughout Orange County.


We can’t do what we do without our volunteers. They are the reason the warehouse is so clean and organized.  They help you when you drive up with donations to unload.  They sort the items and are even personal shoppers for Veterans.


We are in the process of planning this year’s events. The first event is our Golf Tournament which we normally have in May. Once we confirm the date, we will let you know. 


Please mark your calendars and plan to join us:


Spring Open House – Saturday, May 20th


Car Show – Saturday, September 30th


Fall Open House – Saturday, October 14th


For every $500 donated, we can help a Veteran fill their home. It costs us about $1,000 per Veteran to keep our doors open.


If you can, we would deeply appreciate your support. Every cent makes a lasting impact.


  • Make a year-end donation
  • Become a monthly donor
  • Ask your company if they will match funds when you donate. For example, we recently became part of Disney Matching gift
  • Sponsor an event
  • Choose Patriots and Paws for your CFC campaign if you are a federal employee or retiree. You still have time to add us until January 14th, 2023. Our CFC number is 29090.


Thank you for remembering Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists and for helping them gain greater peace of mind.


With gratitude,

Penny Lambright
Founder & CEO
Patriots and Paws







Veterans of all conflicts this is just for you.

ActiveDuty Reservists




A time for you to be with your Military Brothers and Sisters, no agenda, very casual.

This is a rain or shine event.


December  Stats

Veterans/Active Duty/Reservists helped 183

Volunteer Hours 1059.75

Donation Pickups 119


Since our beginning…

Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists Helped 10,682

Volunteer Hours 129,969.80

10,388  Donation Pickups Made



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We are honored to serve those who provide us our Freedom.

Patriots and Paws is the conduit.

Donors are the electricity.

Veterans are the lamps.

Because of compassion, our Veterans light up so they are no longer living in the dark.

With the support of generous donors, our warehouse is stocked with items that are needed to make a home. Basic things like linens, dishes, couches, and lamps.  Since we have continued to do pickups and others have stopped, we have been given an abundance of gently used items. In addition to adding an extra pick up day a week, we are now scheduling out 4-5 weeks to maintain these pickups.

Because we have limited warehouse space, we have had to make a tough decision to as to what we take to be sure we have the most requested items in stock.

Leave your burdens behind

On Memorial Day weekend 2020, we started a “Leave Your Burden Behind” wall.

Encouraging everyone who visits to use it.  Walking with them to the wall, give them a sharpie, and tell them to leave behind whatever is weighing them down.

Asking them not to sigh it and encourage them to read it out loud to themselves. Suggesting they take some time to read the burdens left by others so they know they are not alone. Then, we quietly walk away to give them much needed privacy.

We believe everyone should have the chance to have a positive moment to take with them into the future. It is amazing to read the burdens our heroes are leaving on this wall.

So much hurt and disappointment.  If we save one person from suicide, then it is worth it all.


To understand how our clients have changed, we regularly send out surveys.

Here is just a small sample of the hope and dignity our heroes are sharing:

  • I am able to spend my minimum wage checks on my newborn baby. Instead of buy basic items.
  • It made me feel good that I have furniture that was worth taking with me there should be more places like this for the vets thank you very much
  • When one is on an extremely tight budget, cannot get many of the everyday necessities, it does help when furniture, kitchenware & other household items are donated. it help with paying for other necessities of life; i.e. electrical bill, phone bill, bus pass, etc…
  • Patriots and Paws save me I had an air mattress and a camping chair in a three-bedroom two-bath house couldn’t afford anything else cuz everything went to moving in and they just stepped in and gave me everything.
  • Great service made to feel human even when down and out.


When we help each Veteran, we give an average value of $700 worth of furnishings through the kind donations of gently used items. Even with the items donated, it costs us about $250.00 per Veteran so we help to continue to do this work.

We are able to keep the cost down with the help of:

  • volunteers, who give their blood, sweat and tears to take care of our Veterans
  • companies whose employees come in and give their time and match funds when their employees donate to us
  • Veterans who come back to volunteer and give their time to help other Veterans
  • students who come in give their time

Since we started at the end of 2011, we have helped almost 10,500 Veterans and their families, our volunteers have put in over 125,000 hours and we have done over 10,250 pickups, this doesn’t include donations that have been dropped off.

If you are considering giving, we would be grateful for any donation.  If you are able, we truly hope you consider supporting Patriots and Paws as a monthly donor and  attending our events so our Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists know they are part of a community that cherishes their presence.

Penny Lambright,

CEO, Founder, and Board Chair

Ways you can support Patriots and Paws

As you are considering your year end giving, please remember us.

  • Give Cash in a lump sum or become one of our monthly donors.
    Cash is an easy way to give each year.  You will receive a dated receipt from Patriots and Paws so you can properly document your cash gift.  A canceled check provides sufficient documentation only for gifts by check if they are less than $250.  Visit our Donation Page to Donate Cash Now!


  • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #29090
    The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.  More info about CFC


  • AmazonSmile
    Do you shop on Amazon?  Register Patriots and Paws as your charity of choice and Amazon will make a donation on your behalf every time you use the smile.amazon.com link to buy.  More info about AmazonSmile



  • Give appreciated stock or other property
    When you give property to Patriots and Paws, we’ll sell it, and you will eliminate all the capital gains tax you would have paid had you sold it yourself.  Your gift will be deductible at its full fair market value as of it’s date of delivery if you have held it for more than one year.


  • Invest in a life income plan
    A life income gift provides you with payments for the rest of your life, and Patriots and Paws with support thereafter.  If you use appreciated securities that you’ve owned longer than a year to fund the gift, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction based, in part, on the charitable portion of the security’s full value.


  • Real estate, artwork, or other property
    Give personal or real property that would have resulted in the greatest capital gain if you would have sold the asset instead.


  • Donate a life insurance policy
    A gift of a life insurance policy you no longer need makes a perfect year-end gift.  To qualify as a deductible gift, Patriots and Paws must become the policy owner.  For most types of insurance policies, your tax deduction is usually the cost basis or the fair market value of the policy – whichever is less.




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