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Care Packages

Collect items for our standard care package by hosting a care package drive at your workplace, school, organization or place of worship! You don’t need to know a member of the military to collect items for us to ship. The troops love receiving instant coffee, personal hygiene items, prepaid phone cards, stationery, jerky, and more. Check here for our comprehensive list when you’re gathering items to send us.

Items in bold are ones that we send to troops in our care packages.  Other items are frequently requested by the troops and may be sent by individuals in their packages.

CANDY 

  • Candy (heat resistant)
  • Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
  • Twizzlers

CORRESPONDENCE

  • Writing Paper and Envelopes
  • Pens/Pencils

DENTAL

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash

DRINK

  • Coffee (instant)
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Gatorade
  • Powdered Drink Mixes
  • Tea Mixes (sweet)
  • KoolAid bursts- to freeze

FOOD (including dry goods, snacks)

  • Oatmeal (instant)
  • Ramen Noodles-any flavor
  • Bars (Clif or Balance)
  • Beef Jerky
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Granola Bars
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Canned Fruit (pop top cans)
  • Cereal (in small boxes)
  • Gum
  • Sugar packets
  • Ravioli (pop top cans)
  • Tuna Kits

GAMES

  • Playing Cards
  • Board Games
  • Checkers (travel size)
  • Chess (travel size)
  • Crossword Puzzles

MUSIC

  • CD Fanny Packs
  • CDs
  • Tapes
  • DVDs new and used
  • Hand held electronic games
  • Sodoku books

 

PRINTED MATERIALS

  • Books (novels, short stories)
  • Newspapers (local)
  • Magazines

TOILETRIES/HYGIENE

  • Baby Wipes
  • Femine Hygiene Products (for female soldiers)
  • Travel size body wash
  • Nose spray
  • Eye Drops
  • Deodorant
  • Foot Powder
  • Hairbrushes
  • Hand Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizers (waterless)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Q-Tips
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues (heavy duty – i.e. Puffs)
  • Tylenol (individual packets)

Other

  • Plastic spoons
  • American Flags (small)
  • Baggies (with zip lock)
  • Batteries (AA, D, ….)
  • Bug Spray (must be packaged in zip-lock bag)
  • Duct Tape
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs, lots of batteries)
  • Fans (battery powered – small – with extra batteries)
  • Fly Strips
  • Fly Swatters
  • Pre-Paid Phone Cards
  • Shoe Insole Cushion
  • Socks (cushioned white calf high)

Seasonal

  • Canned turkey and Thanksgiving food items
  • Small unbreakable holiday decorations
  • Christmas stockings
Notes: 

  • Post cards are also great to send in the packages. You can pre-address the postcard to yourself or your organization with a note asking the service member to please let you know if they received the package.
  • You DO NOT have to put a stamp on the post cards — the service member can mail them for free back to the states.
  • The U.S. Postal Service offers FREE boxes for Priority Mail. You can also order free boxes from the USPS online store (for use with Priority Mail shipping only). The Recommended size is the #4 or #7 box.
    Or call 1-800-222-1811.
  • Wrap items well when packing soap/toiletries in the same package as food items. In warm weather, it’s best not to include these in the same package!

For Check and Money Order donations:
Operation Shoebox
PO Box 1465
Belleview, FL 34421-1465

To donate items to ship you can mail them to us at:
Operation Shoebox
PO Box 1465
Belleview, FL 34421-1465

or for Fed EX, UPS
Please call us at 352-307-6723 for the address.

Testimonials

My name is Brad Nelson and I received a care package from you today. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Myself along with the rest of my company is extremely grateful for your generosity. The treats that you sent were a huge boost in moral and made my day along with many others. It is such a great feeling to know that there are people like you who are willing to support our troops.

CW2 Brad Nelson

My name is SPC Tish House, and I am one of the many thankful Soldiers who received your goody bag. Thank you so much for your support, time, and effort. It makes us feel great knowing that someone cares. You all are awesome! God Bless You And Thank You Soooooooo Much!!!

SPC Tish House

Just a quick note to say thanks for the care packages that you sent over to the 371st SUS BDE. The soldiers really like the items and even more is the fact that there are people like you that care and think about us while we are away from our families. So again I am very thankful to you. Thanks, thanks thanks.

SSG Rodney Jenkins

I would like to thank you for the care packages that you sent to us. It really does mean a lot to my troops and myself when we know there are people who do care for us. We greatly appreciate your efforts in making us feel more at home away from our families. I want to let you know that your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Thank you again.

SFC Montalvo

Hello, I would like to extend a warm thank you for all that you all have done for my Soldiers located here in Afghanistan.  I am the First Sergeant for Headquarters Company.  I am just arriving to our final location and this is where we operate from.  I noticed the stockings that were sent and passed out to our Soldiers. I want you to know the looks on their faces were priceless.  Knowing they would be away from family during the holiday this let them know that they are not forgotten, Thanks…

SFC M M Jr. Task Force Buffalo

Thank you for the care packages we received here at FOB Wright, Afghanistan. The care packages truly mean a lot to many Soldiers deployed right now. Because we are in an outlying area, many packages do not get out here fast enough for the Soldiers. When they do receive the care packages, it’s like a piece of home for many. Especially for me, I appreciate the comics, crossword puzzles, and have found good use for the tube socks also. Once again,
thank you for all of your support.

Blackwell, William H

I just want to send a quick note to say “thank you” for all the time you spend putting together your care packages for America’s Service Members! I received one the other day and it is so nice to have some comfort items and necessities. I really appreciate your kindness, caring thoughts and prayers!

LTC John Hammer

I just got one of your packages today and it was awesome!  We got 8 bags, and I dispersed them quickly.  Also, in the bags were some knit beanies.  Man those were awesome!  I will be sending an email soon with a picture of a few of us sporting them!

Philip C.

Thank you for your support. It is amazing to watch the faces of my troop when they receive your gifts of generosity. You lift them up and keep them motivated. Thank you for everything you do.

 

From: SSG John S

My name is Sergeant Carlos Valdez. I just received my care package from Operation Shoe Box today and I felt a need to email you guys back home and thank you for all the help and support all the volunteers have given to soldiers like myself. It’s been a while since I received mail here and this was definitely a moral booster. I would also like to thank Eleanor Sullivan from Summerfield Florida for the lovely card sent in my package, please let her know that her kind words didn’t go unnoticed and …

SGT Carlos Valdez
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