Adopt a Troop

Individual volunteers, classes, or groups can meet the needs of a hero directly by adopting a troop*; when you sign up, you are able to ship care packages and letters directly to an individual member of the armed forces.

Troops* available for “adoption” have given Operation Shoebox permission to release their mailing address to a supporter. When the troops sign up to receive a package, we do not ask them to tell us where they are from, what branch they are in or where exactly they are stationed overseas, we do not know this information unless they tell us.

If you are interested in sending letters and packages  directly to our troops* please fill out the form below and our adoption coordinator will contact you with a troop within 3-4 days.

Thank you for supporting our troops deployed outside the USA and letting them know they are still thought of and cared about.

*A troop is a single individual from any one of the service branches.*

All information you provide will be kept confidential and will never be shared or sold.

Common Questions

The term “troop” covers all, no matter what branch they may serve in. A “troop” is one individual person from any one of the service branches and “troops” are multiple. For example, 1 troop is 1 soldier; 4 troops would be 4 soldiers.

You are not required to send any packages or letters weekly or monthly. This can be a one-time event. 

Shipping can take 1-2 weeks. Depending on their location in the world shipping can be delayed. Please use shelf stable items.

No, we adopt troops on a first-in, first-out basis and do not ask about the branch of the troops when they sign up. Therefore, we are unable to provide you with a specific branch when adopting out a troop.

Yes, you will have to fill out a customs form for each box you send. Check with your local post office to find out how they want the customs form filled out, as some post offices have their own specific requirements.

-You can ship your items to us or directly overseas to the troops through the Adopt a Troop program.

-If you are shipping a large quantity of items, we suggest using a large box, like a copy paper box, that way you can fit more items into fewer boxes.

-If you are shipping to us and you know the weight of your box, you can go online to FedEx, USPS and UPS to compare prices on shipping.

-If you would like to send a smaller box, we suggest using Flat Rate Priority boxes which you can get from your local post office.

-We suggest using travel size items, such as toiletries.

-When shipping toiletries, package the liquid items or items that will melt and leak like soaps, shampoos and lotions, separately from the other items in case they break open during shipping. You can put them inside ziploc bags and still ship in the same box.