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Reaching Out to Our Heroes At Home and Worldwide.

Thanks to our Volunteers

To our amazing supporters

I would like to take a few minutes to express how much your time and donations mean to our organization. Without you we wouldn’t be able to respond to our troops’ requests for care packages; it’s that simple.

When I learned that my children and son-in-law would be deployed at the same time, I realized I had to do something or I would go crazy from the worry. I never dreamed in those first months in my living room that I would be here today thanking thousands of individuals I’ll never get to meet.

Our focus at Operation Shoebox is finding ways to thank our members of the military and meeting their practical needs. They make sacrifices that we will never comprehend. But I would be remiss if I didn’t also share our gratitude to each of you. Some of you organize collection drives; some of you sew Christmas stockings; some of you adopt troops; some of you donate money to pay for shipping. Each gift makes a difference.

And in our ongoing drive to meet daily demands, it is important to me to pause and make sure you know the impact of what you do. I hope you read the “thank you” letters from men and women who have received an operation shoebox package. You can find them here or on our Facebook page.

The best thanks I can give you is to direct you to the troops’ own words. I know when I read them I am all the more determined to do everything I can to lift our troops’ spirits and let them know how much we appreciate them.

Finally, I would like to add a personal note of thanks. As a military mom, this work is very personal to me. This project began because it was my sons, my daughter, my in-law’s overseas. You are supporting men and women who are just like my kids. So on behalf of parents all across the country, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Mary-Signature    


Founder,  Operation Shoebox


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

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

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

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 … Read more

SGT Carlos Valdez

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.

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… Read more

SFC M M Jr. Task Force Buffalo

My name is Lewis and I am a Warrant Officer in the US Army stationed at Kandahar, Afghanistan. My unit received your care packages the other day and I want to say thank you! The cookies and Cracker Jacks are always fun to get, but I was mostly touched by a simple handwritten note from Ruth Salerno. The soldiers here do our job because we love our fellowman and we still believe in America. We do not seek accolades, yet I find it very satisfying (and humbling) to know you believe in us. You call u… Read more

Lewis Thomas

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

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

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