AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez, Presenting Check to Operation 10-90

AHPA President, Jimmy Chavez, Presenting Check to Operation 10-90

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association, with its members, are proud to support “Operation 10-90”.  This new program was developed to support and express gratitude to deployed DPS employees and family members.

As of today, DPS has 14 employees serving our country through military efforts.  These heroes are positioned all around the world; some deployed multiple times.

AHPA donated $1,000 to the initiative and is encouraging the public and employees to become involved.  Read below how you can help!

There are several ways you can help:

1.     Donate items for care packages (see list below).  Collection boxes will be placed in the HQ building or you may send items to Operational Training, Mail Drop 2900.

2.     Help us prepare the packages for mailing.  Packages will be sent out monthly.

3.     Donate money to fund the mailings.  The cost to mail each flat rate box is about $13.50.

4.     Send letters and/or e-mails to deployed employees and deployed DPS family members.

5.     Attend deployment/send-off events.

6.     Attend welcome home celebrations.

7.     Offer support and encouragement to the families of those deployed.

At this time, Operational Training staff is still building the program.  There will be other opportunities to get involved, in addition to those listed above. If you would like to help and/or have any questions, please contact Patt Ficere, Operational Training, at ext. 2745 pficere@azdps.gov.

If you have a family member who is currently deployed and would like to include them in Operation 10-90, please contact Patt.



  • Pre-sweetened powdered drink mixes
  • Beef Jerky (small packages)
  • Boxed cookies
  • Candy bars (no chocolate)
  • Canned chili, ravioli, Spaghetti-O’s
  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit snacks – individual size
  • Canned tuna, chicken or turkey
  • Crackers – saltines
  • Graham crackers
  • Granola bars, Protein bars
  • Power bars or energy bars
  • Nuts – cashews, peanuts and corn nuts (single packs)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanut Butter in plastic containers (NO BIG JARS)
  • Jelly in plastic containers
  • Pop Tarts
  • Pringles
  • Rice Krispie bars
  • Soup – ready to eat or in dry packages
  • Sunkist Chicken “Lunches to Go”
  • Sunkist Tuna “Lunches to Go”
  • Trail mix
  • Hard candy
  • Chewing gum
  • Kids cereal
  • Condiments – individual packets: mustard, relish, ketchup, mayo, taco sauce, creamer, sugar, salt & pepper, sweetener
  • Also:

Plastic spoons, forks and knives

Paper bowls


  • Foot powder
  • Lip balm (Blistex, Carmex, Chapstick, Bees Wax, etc.)
  • Men’s and women’s deodorant (NOT anti-perspirant)
  • Hand sanitizer (small and medium sizes)
  • Disposable razors
  • Aftershave gel – no glass bottles
  • Band-Aids
  • “3 in 1” Body wash (large sizes always needed)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Body lotion/hand lotion
  • Eye wash
  • Eye drops
  • Non-aerosol shaving cream or gel
  • Shampoo/Conditioner – travel size
  • Nail clippers
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
  • Dental floss
  • Wisps (Disposable mini-toothbrushes)
  • Q-tips
  • Personal body wipes (baby wipes-fragrance free)
  • Socks (thick, white/black, cotton) ALWAYS NEEDED!
  • Under Armour socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Insoles
  • Tissue packs – travel size
  • Multivitamins
  • Moleskin
  • Bug repellant
  • Skin So Soft Bath Oil (can be used as an insect repellant)


  • Cool ties
  • Bounce unscented dryer sheets
  • Playing cards, UNO, Phase 10
  • Yo-Yo’s
  • Dominoes
  • Travel size board games (ex. Checkers)
  • Frisbees, Hackey sacks
  • Magazines
  • Crossword puzzles, word search, Sudoku
  • Pens, mechanical pencils, writing tablets, envelopes
  • Hand warmers (depending on the time of the year)
  • Foot warmers (depending on the time of the year)
  • Toys
  • Radio-controlled cars (cheap ones, they don’t last in the sand)
  • Pipes
  • Cigars (nothing like a good cigar after a mission to help you relax)
  • Batteries (AAA, AA and C)
  • P-mags
  • Oakley gloves
  • Oakley sunglasses
  • Small toys & school supplies for Iraqi and Afghani children
  • Small homemade gifts – “little comforts of home”

* This list will be updated periodically.  Not all of the items are allowed at all duty stations.

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