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Reaching Out to Our Heroes At Home and Worldwide.


Can I enclose a card for the service member to return to me?

Please do.  Pre-addressed post cards or notes can be included in your package.  Do not put stamps on these–the soldiers have the right to send cards and letters without postage from a war zone.

Can we send directly to the troops overseas?

Yes, you can. We have a program called Adopt a Troop which allows you to create your own care packages and send them directly overseas to the troops that are currently deployed. Please click here for all of the information on this program and fill out the form.  We will have one of our coordinators contact you.

Once you send the care packages how long does it take to reach a destination?

Package delivery is between 1-2 weeks.

Where can I send or drop off donations for the care packages?

Our Operation Shoebox address is:

8360 East Highway 25
Belleview, FL. 34420

Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday, 10AM – 4PM

Should we put collected items into shoeboxes?

No.  Due to high postage fees, we are now requesting that people use gallon zip lock bags and place them in a larger cardboard box.  Or you can obtain free FLAT RATE BOXES from the Post Office, fill them to capacity (up to 40lbs) and then ship them to us.  Any wet items such as shampoo, lotion, etc. must be in separate zip lock bags.

Is there any specific time of the year for sending items to Operation Shoebox.

No, we send care packages 50 weeks a year.

Where do I send my old cell phones or ink cartridges?

Please follow these links for more information:

Cell phone donations

Ink cartridge donations 

How can I get stocking/ditty bag patterns?

The Programs tab on our Home page contains links for our craft patterns.  Or click on the links below:

Christmas stocking patterm

Ditty bag pattern

For additional sewing questions, please contact the person whose name is provided at the bottom of the instruction sheet for that pattern.

I am unable to donate.  What are my other choices for helping our troops?

There are several ways to help.  Because we always include a hand written Thank You note in every care package, we are always in need of those.  Also, younger children can make or color pictures to be included, as our troops love receiving them.  Our mailing address is:

Operation Shoebox
8360 East Hwy 25
Belleview, FL 34420

Shipping Suggestions:

-You can ship your items to us or directly overseas to the troops.

-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.


If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at any time at or at 352-307-6723.


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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

Thank you all for the numerous packages that you sent us a few weeks ago! They were distributed all across post and our soldiers truly loved everything in them!  Your hard work, dedication and generosity is truly
appreciated.  It makes us especially happy when we see all of time, effortand care that went into packing each box.  Again, thank you all and may God Bless You!

PFC Hiss

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.