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

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Gum
  • Sugar packets
  • Ravioli (pop top cans)
  • Tuna Kits

 

TOILETRIES/HYGIENE

  • Baby Wipes
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (for female soldiers)
  • Travel size body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Foot Powder
  • Hand Lotion
  • Q-Tips
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Tylenol (individual packets)

Other

  • Batteries (AA, 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)

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Playing Cards
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Hand held electronic games
  • Sodoku books
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 Flat Rate Priority Mail. You can also order free boxes from the USPS online store (for use with Priority Mail shipping only).
  • 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
8360 East Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420-1465

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