How You Can Help
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, 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 (heat resistant)
• Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
• Coffee (instant)
• Coffee Creamer
• Individual Size Drink Mixes
FOOD (including dry goods, snacks)
• Oatmeal (instant)
• Ramen Noodles-any flavor
• Bars (Clif or Balance)
• Beef Jerky or SlimJims
• Granola Bars
• Individual Crackers or Cookies
• Canned Fruit (pop top cans)
• Sugar packets
• Ravioli (pop top cans)
• Tuna Kits
• Baby Wipes
• Feminine Hygiene Products (for female soldiers)
• Travel size body wash
• Foot Powder
• Hand Lotion
• Razors (disposable)
• Tylenol (individual packets)
• Writing Paper and Envelopes
• Batteries (AA, 9v, D,…)
• Bug Spray (must be packaged in zip-lock bag)
• Duct Tape
• Flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs, lots of batteries)
• Fans (battery powered – small – with extra batteries)
• Fly Strips
• Fly Swatters
• Socks (cushioned white calf high)
• Playing Cards
• Crossword Puzzles
• Hand held electronic games
• Sodoku Puzzles
Christmas! Easter! Halloween!
Operation Shoebox volunteers love packing boxes year-round with candy, but especially for the holidays. Collect bags of individually wrapped candies; heat-resistant candy is best in warm seasons. Mail your candy donation to:
8360 East Highway 25
Belleview. Fl. 34420
Cell Phone Donations
Think of Operation Shoebox when you upgrade your cell phone: you may not want an old phone anymore, but we do! When you collect old cell phones and donate them to us, we recycle them. The money earned by recycling old cell phones is used to purchase phone cards for soldiers to call home and to cover shipping costs.
To host a used cell phone drive, click here to obtain shipping labels to send 10 or more phones to our recycling partner.
Stockings and hats and bags! Oh My!
Do you love to sew? Do you love to use your crafting skills to show love and support to others? Whether you are an individual or you belong to a crafting circle or quilting guild, we need your skills.
> Click Here For Stocking Pattern <
Every Christmas, we ship handmade Christmas stockings to our troops (in 2012, Operation Shoebox shipped 25,385 stockings).
> Click Here For Caps Pattern <
Year round, we receive heartfelt thanks for the handknit and crocheted caps that make their way into care packages; these especially make a difference in regions where temperatures drop at night.
> Click Here For Ditty bags Pattern <
Ditty Bags are used by members of the armed forces to carry small items – continue to be a practical gift as well.
Don’t throw away that old ink cartridge! Collect used ink cartridges with the inkheads intact. Ship them to Operation Shoebox at the address below so that we can raise postage money by recycling them.
If you hold an ink cartridge drive and you collect large qualities, please contact us to request boxes, labels and posters from our recycling company.
PO Box 1465
Belleview, FL 34421-1465
**Please compare all used ink cartridge donations with the list below to ensure compatibility**