Our troops look forward to receiving mail from home. Mail in the form of care packages is one of the easiest ways we can show our support. Whether serving overseas where it can be difficult to obtain basic supplies, or stationed stateside where money can be tight, small tokens of appreciation go a long way toward boosting morale. We also make gift bags for our veterans. All of our troops and veterans enjoy letters from home!
If you have items to donate, please contact us for pickup or delivery options.
Individual and travel-size packaged items are best. Also, don't forget that our female troops need personal products and toiletries designed for women. If you travel, please consider donating unused courtesy items provided by your hotel. (No aerosol cans can be accepted.)
Tissues Eye Drops Baby Wipes
Sunblock Insect Repellent Hand Sanitizer
Q-Tips Deodorant Shampoo
Conditioner Lotions Disposable Razors
Shaving Cream Toothbrushes Toothpaste
Dental Floss Lip Balm T-Shirts, Socks
Gold Bond Foot Powder Small First Aid Kits Boot Liners/Insoles
Especially for troops "in the field" who depend on MREs, snacks from home are a welcome treat! But who doesn't appreciate having snacks available in your own room for between meals or when the chow hall isn't accessible due to your schedule? At Christmas we had fun providing home-made treats. Other times we have accommodated special requests. The following is a list of commonly requested items. Preferred sizes are individual servings. (Please watch food expiration dates; no products containing pork or alcohol are accepted. Also, foods that melt -such as chocolate- can only be sent during cold months and are difficult for us to store.)
Power Bars, High Protein Snacks Packs of Gum
Beef Jerky (small packages) Slim Jims Tuna (foil pack or with crackers)
Individual sized cereal boxes Sunflower seeds, nuts, trail mix
Instant Oatmeal packets Instant Soup packets
Powdered Drink Mix packets Instant Coffee/Tea packets
Instant Cocoa packets Individual Condiment Packages
Hard Candy (individually wrapped) Individual Peanut Butters
Cookies Rice Krispy Treats
Help our troops stay in touch with family and friends!
Pens and Pencils
Pencil Sharpeners and Erasers
Blank Greeting Cards
Paper clips, rubber bands
When our troops are away from home, the hours between shifts can be long. A few simple gifts can go a long ways toward easing boredom and homesickness.
Suggested Donations: (No pornography or overtly religious materials accepted.)
DVD Movies, Music CDs (used is okay)
Games (travel size)/Small Toys
Small memo pads
Comic Books, Puzzle Books
Each Care Packaging event requires volunteers and supplies. Look for our Events on our Facebook page.
Zip-lock type bags (name brand, freezer quality preferred)
Packing Tape (heavy duty)
Plain gift bags (for veterans)
Letters From Home
Our troops and veterans tell us they LOVE receiving letters from kids and groups. We gladly accept cards, letters, and drawings to include in our care packages and gift bags. Letters are screend for appropriate remarks. We also ask that you help children understand privacy concerns: please do not allow them to include their last name or identifying information. If they hope to receive a reply, please include a parent's name or use a school address rather than a home address. Unfortunately, not all troops are able to reply.