Care packages are a great way to show your support! There are so many organizations that send packages that we had to dedicate a separate page to list them all. Scroll down for more information.

Care package suggestions and themes

Here are some resources to give you some guidance in sending your care package, as well as a listing of some of the many organizations that support our deployed military personnel with packages. These organizations depend on supporters like you to do what they do!

Suggestions of what to send and what NOT to send:
If you wish to send a care package to soldiers overseas, that there are a number of factors to consider:
  • time of year (It's not a good idea to send chocolate to the Middle East in the summer)
  • location (Some of our military personnel serve in remote locations with minimal access to a store to purchase basic supplies, some are less remote and have access to more ammenities, and some that are stationed in a location such as Qatar may have even less needs.)
  • gender of the military personnel (There are organizations the reach out specifically to female military personnel.)
  • personal preference (If you know the deployed Soldier, ASK them what they'd li
  • store bought cookies are typically preferred as homemade cookies usually arrive stale and crushed.

Do not send:
  • pork and other culturally sensitive items
  • alcohol
  • pornography
  • items restricted by the postal service
  • expired items

Regardless, any kind of separation from friends and family is tough and receiving some love from home by way of a care package is always appreciated!

Army Wife Network has a great list of suggestions of what you can send.
Taste of Home also offers suggestions in creating your care package.


Cakes and cookies      submitted by Joanne K.
The best way I have found to ship cookies requires:
Waxed paper
2 - Ziploc large rectangular disposable containers
4-8 slices of bread
1 - US Postal Service shirt size Flat Rate box

Pack the cookies in the Ziploc containers using wax paper between the layers. After the last layer of cookies or brownies, top with waxed paper and slices of fresh bread until the container seals tightly and the contents do not rattle. (Note: Do not use homemade bread. The preservatives in the bread are needed to keep the bread from molding during shipping.)

Place one container upside down and one container right side up in the Flat Rate box. They will fit snugly and not rattle. The bread will dry out during shipping, but the bake goods will remain moist and intact.

Cake in a jar (Article)
Link
A nice way to send your Soldier a birthday cake in a jar. It is hard to have a Soldier away on their birthday so we have a way for you to get them that cake while they are overseas.

Cupcakes 
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2010/12/how-to-ship-cupcakes.html
It is notoriously hard to ship cupcakes. When trying to ship cupcakes, there is that pesky problem of keeping the cupcakes from turning upside-down and the gift arriving as a frosted box rather than frosted cupcakes.  

So how do you ship cupcakes? Read the article for more information.

Christmas ideas submitted by Joanne K.
One Mom's list of suggestions of items to include in a Christmas care package: 
  • For Christmas I try to put in little touches of home. Christmas foods like candy canes, carmel corn, cookies, etc.  When my niece was deployed, I sent her Christmas socks along with the goodies. She loved that! Last year I sent another Soldier some funny little non-breakable ornaments. He really liked that. 
  • Personalized calendar with family photos and special days marked. 
  • Letter writing materials, printed address labels to make mailing things home easier 
  • Phone cards - AT&T, cards from AAFES work the best 
  • Cards for different occasions so that the soldier can send them home to loved ones for various occasions. 
  • Favorite foods that can be shipped 
  • Snacks Bars, Beef Jerky, Chex Mix, chips  
  • Cereal (small box) 
  • Nuts/Dried fruit/pudding and fruit cups 
  • Hard or non-melting candies  
  • Powdered drink mixes such as Gatorade (To Go Single Serve are great) 
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap 
  • Deodorant, disposable razors  
  • Qtips, Handi Wipes (travel size are ok) 
  • Baby wipes (refill packages are great bargains) 
  • Eye drops - non-prescription, moisturizing 
  • Towels and wash cloths, travel pillow 
  • Bed sheets (Twin) - deploying soldiers must purchase their own and ship them early 
  • Paperback books and magazines 
  • Puzzle books and playing cards, batteries 
  • Digital cameras and media storage disks 
  • CD's and DVD movies (American standard) 
  • Sports items such as baseball caps/balls, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls etc. 
  • Posters for the barracks, lots photos of loved ones, favorite sport teams 
  • stuff to hang up, etc. 
  • Christian materials may be sent for the personal use of American personnel but not for distribution to the locals

Other Themed Care Package Ideas

Military Missions - Birthday care package idea
http://www.military-missions.org/2011/05/20/when-hes-deployed-on-his-birthday/

4 Military Families
http://www.4militaryfamilies.com/articles/carepackages.htm

All Military.com
http://www.allmilitary.com/board/viewtopic.php?id=22514

Army Wife 101 - Christmas care package tutorial
http://armywife101.com/2009/12/christmas-care-packages.html

Army Wife 101 - Easter care package tutorial
http://armywife101.com/2010/03/easter-basket-care-package-ideas.html

Army Wife 101 - Halloween care package tutorial
http://armywife101.com/2010/10/halloween-care-package-tips-and-ideas.html

Army Wife 101 - Thanksgiving care package tutorial
http://armywife101.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-care-packages-2.html

Army Wife Network
http://www.armywifenetwork.com/?page_id=40

Military.com
http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,138178,00.html

Military SOS
http://www.militarysos.com/forum/military-moves-relocation/8950-themed-care-package-ideas.html

Veterans United - Mini care packages (13 oz. or less)
http://www.veteransunited.com/family/mini-care-packages-that-pack-a-punch/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=status&utm_term=mfc&utm
_content=minicare&utm_campaign=adrienne

Other
www.bukisa.com/articles/137758_soldier-care-packages-for-halloween

http://networkedblogs.com/a0Ckg


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Shipping information

Christmas shipping deadlines for military care packages and letters
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=76321
http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/xmas.htm

Military Postal Service Agency
website
Our mission is to achieve postal service excellence throughout the Department of Defense by promoting the efficient, economical transportation of mail; by ensuring the effective operation of military post offices; and by providing sound management of the official mail program. Site includes Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait mailing information as well as lost military parcel procedures.

USPS - Free military care package mailing kit
Since Priority Mail service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS has created a "Mili-kit" based on the items most frequently requested by the military.

The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-87341-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply) and:
1. Choose your language (“1” is English, “2” is Spanish). 
2. Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail service, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed). 
3. When you reach a live agent, request “CAREKIT04.” 
4. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery. 

Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed. Additionally, you can find guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops at https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm

USPS - Restrictions for overseas shipments containing lithium batteries
http://www.fastcompany.com/1836973/postal-service-usps-bans-lithium-batteries-ipad-kindle-iphone-smartphone-laptop
The United States Postal Service has banned all international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries effective May 16, 2012.




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Care packages for deployed military personnel

Adopt a Chaplain
http://www.adopt-a-chaplain.org/care.htm
Adopt-a-Chaplain sends care packages to military chaplains serving in the Middle East to be distributed to the troops to build morale.

AdoptaPlatoon (New Hampshire)
www.adoptaplatoon.org
AdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life by sending cards, letters and care packages to lift the morale of Troops as they serve far from home and assist military families. AdoptaPlatoon provides an on-going mail support system, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, and establishes special projects that benefit deployed Troops representing all branches of the U.S. military. AdoptaPlatoon also serves injured Troops through AAP Walking Wounded Project and assists military veterans who remain our Nation’s Heroes. Project created by the AdoptaPlatoon™.

Adopt A Soldier Platoon (New Jersey)
www.adoptasoldierplatoon.org
Improves the morale of the Troops by sending care packages. Also includes care package suggestions and tips on how to pack a care package box (link). 

Adopt a US Soldier
http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/
Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Staffed fully by volunteers, AAUSS has helped thousands of soldiers find friendship, support, and a much loved and needed touch of home.

Adopt A US Soldier is active in over 170 countries/ territories/ independent states with thousands of active volunteers supporting our troops by adopting a soldier. It is very easy to do and more rewarding than you can imagine, and you will show a soldier that you support them and cherish your freedom.

Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas (Texas)
www.airborneangelcadets.com
A Texas charity sending care packages of food, gifts, clothing, toiletries, movies, toys for local kids, medical supplies and other donations to American soldiers and troops serving in the United States Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Mideast! 

America's Adopt a Soldier
www.americasadoptasoldier.org
Annual year-round support and Challenge America (July, November-National Packing events). Our goals are to ensure every deployed Service Member receive a care package, through regional and local partnerships.

Any Soldier (Any Marine - Any Sailor - Any Airman - Any Coast Guard)
Have no idea what to send, who to send it to, or where to send it?
www.anysoldier.com
www.anymarine.com
www.anysailor.com
www.anyairman.com
www.anycoastguard.com

ARMS (American Recreational Military Services) (New Jersey)
http://supportarms.org/
Our vision is to become the foremost non-profit, charitable services provider of military support in New Jersey, and ensure that our men and women in uniform are properly recognized and remembered for the sacrifices and hardships they and their families endure, before, during and after their deployments. Our goal is to continue to provide meaningful services and care packages for every service member we support.


A Soldier's Wish List (Missouri)
www.soldierswishlist.webs.com
Our goal is to fulfill the wishes of our troops to the best of our abilities.  This is our small way of letting our brave troopers know that we care about them and appreciate their sacrifices.

We conduct fundraisers, sell merchandise, and collect donations to finance sending care packages to our troops.  We also match troopers to volunteers who would like to send care packages to their own "adopted" trooper.

AvonCares - USO Giftset
http://www.uso.org/avon/
For the 6th consecutive year, Avon will partner with the USO to send special Operation Avon-USO Cares gift sets to our men and women in uniform deployed worldwide. These special gift sets will be included in Operation USO care packages. 

The Avon gift sets are two for $10 and include five items service members request most: Skin-So-Soft moisturizing shower gel, On Duty 24 hour roll on deodorant, moisture therapy lip balm, Advance Techniques 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, and Moisture Therapy mini hand cream. At a minimum, a complete USO care package includes a prepaid international phone card, snacks, playing cards, reading material, sun block, hand sanitizer, tooth paste, tooth brush, sunscreen and other requested and needed items.

To sponsor an Operation Avon-USO Cares gift set, call your local Avon Representative or log on to www.Avon.com to find an Avon Representative. 

Blue Star Moms (East Bay area, CA)
www.bluestarmoms.org
Since our inception and following in the footsteps of our grandmothers and mothers, we have mailed "a little bit of home" to our sons and daughters serving around the world. Often commanding officers in the field will contact us and let us know that they have a young man or woman who is not receiving any boxes or letters from home. These kids quickly come into our hearts and soon receive a care package with a big blue star on the box, letting them know that good people from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in California think about and support them. Our boxes have come to have meaning to the troops overseas. We know this from the letters we get receive (letters from the troops coming soon). We depend on your generous donations and volunteer help to continue sending these care packages and notes from home. 

Boatsie's Boxes (West Virginia)
www.boatsie.com
The purpose of Boatsie’s Boxes, Inc. is to prepare and ship care boxes filled with needed items to the United States Military when they are deployed in support of Contingency Operations. On average, we ship 50 boxes each week.

Care Package Project for Marines (Missouri)
www.thecarepackageproject.com
Help the troops overseas! We currently ship over 1000 care packages five to six times a year to Marines stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our database grows daily as Marines send us names of comrades who are not receiving mail or care packages from home. You can help get care packages of needed items to these Marines! 

Care Pak Goods TM  (Support Our Troops)
www.supportourtroops.org
Support Our Troops® Care Paks™ enhance the morale and welfare of the deployed troops worldwide by seeking, receiving and shipping to the front lines care boxes containing  items specifically requested by the deployed troops. This is especially important outside the established holidays.

Each box contains a note that the contents came from people here at home who know they're there, are grateful to them for protecting us, and care enough about them to send us these things to send them -- we're just coordinating things and getting it to them.

Catholic Care Package (Mission Capodanno)
www.missioncapodanno.org
Mission Capodanno is grateful to the donors and sponsors who make this Catholic Care Package program possible. Each kit is currently valued at $60 and includes Mission Capodanno's DVD FrontLine Families, In God We Trust CD, Fulton Sheen's Wartime Prayer Book, Rosary Meditations for the Military, Catholic New Testament pocket Bible, Fr. Capodanno holy card, rosary and more. This offer is extended exclusively to US military personnel, active duty, reserve and retired, and/or a member of his immediate family. May be requested by American soldiers for coalition personnel so long as the mailing address provided is FPO/APO/AE.

Freedom Alliance
www.freedomalliance.org
Do you have a loved one or friend who is thousands of miles away from home defending our country in uniform? If so, Freedom Alliance would like to send them a "Gifts from Home" care package, which will be a great reminder that you and a grateful nation have not forgotten them.

The Freedom Alliance “Gifts from Home” project provides those in harm’s way with some luxuries of home and expresses our appreciation for their sacrifice. It is our hope that the items sent will make life spent thousands of miles from friends and loved ones a little easier to bear.

These "Gifts from Home" boxes are full of most-requested and much-needed items, such as prepaid international calling cards, candy, toiletries, games, non-perishable food items, Germ-X hand sanitizer, books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, greeting cards and notes of appreciation and thanks from caring Americans all across the country, and much more. Last year, Freedom Alliance shipped more than seven tons of these care packages to our brave defenders of freedom serving overseas. 

Give2TheTroops
www.givetothetroops.org
Give2TheTroops® is comprised of military troops, family members, companies, organizations, schools, volunteers and donors - all who want to show their support for our troops. Since December 2002, we've supported approximately ONE MILLION deployed U.S. troops with loving care packages and letters from all over the nation.

Hearts Across the Miles
www.heartsacrossthemiles.org
Hearts Across The Miles' goal is to make sure no Service Member goes to mail call only to feel forgotten. Please help us support our troops,so they never feel lonely and disheartened. We owe our freedom to them. They are our Nation's heroes! Care packages for men or for women.

Hero Box
www.herobox.org
HeroBox is a care package that has been customized to a soldiers specific request. The troops have certain needs and wants depending on their sex, location, and a variety of other factors. The typical care package that a soldier receives isn't always influenced by those needs and wants. Our goal is to make sure that each HeroBox is directly influenced by the soldier.

Heroes in Action (Toledo, OH)
http://worknotes.com/OH/Toledo/HeroesInAction/apt1.aspx
Heroes in Action ships care packages monthly to military serving overseas.

Homefront Hugs
www.homefronthugs.org
Has tips for sending care packages as well as a Soldier adoption program. 

H.O.M.E. Helping Our Military Everywhere
www.home4mil.org
"Because we feel that every member of our Military deserves something from HOME!"

It is our mission to provide those service members currently deployed to various locations around the world and our Hometown Heroes (Veterans) with a mail call program. A program designed to provide a weekly "mail call" along with care packages.

If you would be interested in becoming a HOME'y (Adopter) please visit our HOME'y section of the website for more information.

If you are service member currently deployed or a Hometown Hero please visit our Deployed/Hometown Heroes section for the website for more information.

Hugs 4 Smiles USA
www.hugs4smilesusa.org
When you volunteer, Hugs4SmilesUSA assigns you a deployed hero's family and/or the hero, or military personnel in need of suuport. You then send the hero two care packages, Packaged Hugs, each month. If the soldier's family has also been adopted, they receive one package each month. 

More importantly, between the Packaged Hugs, you correspond with them as well. We hear over and over again from these troops that, believe it or not, these kind words--through email, card, or letter--mean the most. They are always touched that a total stranger is willing to reach out with kindness and generosity, when in their eyes, they are "just doing their job."

If you or a loved one is facing deployment, or are already in a deployment situation, and are seeking adoption, please contact us. You are the very reason Hugs4SmilesUSA exists. Keep in mind that we support both the deployed troops and their families as well. Let us send some Packaged Hugs to your family back home; they need something to smile about, too!

Hugs for Soldiers
www.hugsforsoldiers.org
Our program is dedicated to offering comforts from home and brightening a Soldier’s day with a care package, card or letter of encouragement. Our “adopted” troops, who are deployed thousands of miles away from home, need to be reassured that America cares about them. We appreciate the great sacrifices they are making, and we will do all we can to boost their morale and lift their spirits during this difficult time. We have been supporting the troops since 2003.

Jacob's Light Foundation
www.jacobsprogram.org
Our mission is to send our military overseas necessities and comforts from home. We focus on military without family or support from home. We also care for soldiers who’s families cannot afford to send boxes to their loved ones. We want to give them the support they need and to be a lifeline from America. 

Kids in Support of Soldiers
http://kidsinsupportofsoldiers.org/
Kids In Support of Soldiers Inc. (K.I.S.S), was founded with the desire of children to support our men and women in the armed forces by providing them with the simple things in life. Things we take for granted, or don't even think of, are priceless commodities to those serving. 

K.I.S.S. is a program run by children, with the help of some adults, that want to make a difference in a soldiers life no matter what state they are from, or what branch of service they are in. All decisions are made by the children allowing them to comprehend the difference they are making and that this is THEIR program. Each package that is sent is sent to a particular soldier and is packaged by the children with love and appreciation for what the soldiers are doing for our freedoms.

Lea's Prayers and Postage
http://leasprayersandpostage.com/
We have chosen to honor my son with a fund that is used solely for generating paid postage for all of the patriotic people sending packages to our troops. Lea’s Prayers and Postage, Inc. has paid over $125,000.00 worth of postage since May 2006.  

Letters to Soldiers
www.letterstosoldiers.org
With the help of volunteers across the US and the world who write letters, make cards and banners and hand made items to send our brave and selfless deployed military men and women, we hope to show them that we have not forgotten their great sacrifices for us by shipping special care packages to them.  We also collect support from the community for their families while they hold down the fort at home. 

Military Connections
www.militaryconnections.org
Military Connections is a non-profit organization that provides care packages, equipment and various supplies to the soldiers.

Military Missions
www.military-missions.org
Military Missions is just one of many organizations that sends care packages overseas to our deployed military. but I like to think of this organization as one that is different from the rest.  This ministry didn’t just open its doors one day and start sending out boxes. It started when this mother of a brand new Marine went to dinner one evening with her son and 15 other men who had just graduated from School of Infantry Training and entered the fleet...

Military Mom in Action
www.militarymominaction.org
Our mission is to reach out and touch the lives of as many U.S. soldiers with support and encouragement as we can. We do this by sending them boxes of goodies and letters 
"monthly" wherever they are around the world. We especially want to encourage those not receiving any or little support from home. We desire to lift them up giving them hope and the knowledge that someone cares.

Military Moms of Texas
www.militarymomsoftexas.com/how-to-help
Military Moms of Texas collects care packages to send to our deployed military personnel.

MissYourVoice - Send a Smile!!
www.missyourvoice.net
Here at MissYourVoice we want to help make sure all of our service men and woman feel loved and cared about!!

Some people dont realize that it is something as simple as a care package, or a letter that can make the difference between a deployed service member having the will to stay safe out there or not. We understand that at MissYourVoice!! Which is why we have created the "Send a Smile" donation fund!! Every month MissYourVoice will send out as many care packages to various deployed troops as we can! Even the smallest donations help!

So if you don't have a service member to send a package to at this time, and still want to show your support for our troops, simply donate any amount to our "Send a Smile" donation fund. All of the donations will go straight to sending care packages to our deployed troops!!

Mollys Adopt A Sailor
http://mollysadoptasailor.com/
Molly's Adopt a Sailor Project, a broad based, collaborative and community initiative to support deployed United States Military Personnel by way of cards, letters, and care packages filled with love, support, and necessities from home.

Move America Forward - Monthly Smiles Club
www.moveamericaforward.org
Lots of people seem to agree that it's easier to let us remember that they want to send a package out every month, or every other month, or every holiday than it is to go shopping themselves. Just give us criteria for selecting soldiers and your budget and we'll do the rest. Then you'll be sure no matter how busy you get, you're keeping those smiles coming.

We've heard from countless members of the Armed Forces serving in the Middle East about items that the military does not provide, are hard to come by and they really appreciate getting . That's why Move America Forward has responded and compiled care packages that contain these goods as a way of saying "thank you" for their sacrifices and courage. Care packages are packed full of gourmet coffee, Oreo cookies, Jelly Belly jelly beans, high-quality beef jerky, trial mix, Gatorade, deodorant, Chap Stick, sun block, CDs and much more.

NC Packs 4 Patriots
Facebook
We are a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to support troops and their family members by providing care and comfort items and expressions of appreciation for their service and sacrifices.

Operation Care and Comfort
www.operationcareandcomfort.org
Historically, Americans have shown their support to our Troops serving in times of war in many ways. By writing letters, mailing care packages, or by showing support for a deployed service member's family, Americans have opened up their hearts, homes, and wallets to show that they support those who serve. Operation: Care and Comfort is proud to continue this tradition of service. 

Operation: Care 4 R Troops
www.care4rtroops.org
Care 4 R Troops was started as a way to keep our troops as comfortable as possible while they serve us and this great nation. Supporting our troops any way possible, is just a little way we can say thanks for the amazingly hard job they do and the sacrifices they and their families make. We offer free care packages to deployed troops through address they or family or friends submit to us securely via our website or email address.

Operation Combat Boot Comfort
www.operationcombatbootcomfort.com
The foundation for Operation Combat Boot Comfort is to support the needs of our deployed Marines and Troops.

My husband and I have two Marine sons with five combat deployments. When our youngest son deployed for the first time to Iraq in 2007 we quickly learned that there were many young men that needed support and many good Americans that wanted to support them. Since that time we have been sending many care packages, Christmas stockings and taking Welcome Home Bags to Marines returning from deployment. The current priority is to send fleece sleeping bag liners to our Marines in Afghanistan.

Operation Gratitude
www.opgratitude.com
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer organization that annually sends 100,000+ care packages of items and letters addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile overseas regions.  Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and to express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$100 and costs the organization $11 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in March, 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 450,000 packages to American military deployed overseas.

Operation Helping Hand/American Angels
www.operationhelpinghand-americanangels.com
Operation Helping Hand Afghanistan was started in 2004 and is made up of volunteer Mom's, Dad's Veterans, Friends and Active Duty service members through out the United States. We want to reassure all members of the armed Forces that they are not forgotten by procuring support through mail, emails and care boxes and displaying continuous Patriotic standards in our city, towns and communities.

Operation Helping Hands
www.operationhhh.org
Operation Helping Hands for Heroes is a nonpartisan, non-political, patriotic nonprofit organization, which provides heartfelt help and gratitude through care packages and other remembrances of home to our military Heroes and their families currently deployed or serving stateside.

OHHH Packs offer heartfelt help for our Heroes. Packs contain essential care and comfort items including t-shirt, socks, washcloth/hand towel, toiletries, playing cards, CD's, DVD's, puzzle books and snacks to provide our Heroes a little comfort and conveniences of home. 

Operation Hooah
www.operationhooah.com
A grassroots effort by mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, and friends to bring cheer and express gratitude to our brave soldiers serving in Afghanistan with Operation Enduring Freedom. Sends care packages for men, women or generic.

Operation Interdependence
www.oidelivers.org
What sets OI apart from other organizations is our philosophy that “less is more.” Our goal is to provide each of the nearly 325,000 deployed troops around the world with something from home every month during their entire deployment – and to do so without bogging down the military mail system or taking away from the mission. The OI Civilian-to-Military Delivery System ® reaches more by sending less. 

The cornerstone of our system is the Civilian Ration ® (called C-rat ®). Designed for delivery to the frontlines, C-rats are individual quart-sized baggies that contain a personal note from a caring civilian at home and a few treats such as snacks, games and personal care products. The most important part of the C-rat is the letter from a person who has never met that Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman, but takes the time to write his or her expressions of care and concern. 

Operation Letters of Love
www.lettersofloveus.com
Letters of Love was founded in 2012. It is based out of Colorado. We collect letters of thanks to our military troops serving overseas, from our community. We then send these letters (on behalf of those that write them) with care packages to several different military troops in all branches of our Armed Forces. 

While our primary function is to collect letters, we do conduct several events throughout the year to facilitate this collection of letters. We also will often support and promote other charities that share a similar vision of wanting to do whatever we can to support our military troops and veterans.

Operation Mom's Cookies
www.operationmom.org
Our primary mission is to provide a place where families of those serving our country can find support, encouragement, solace, and be with others who share their heart. Support is what we are and what we do. An outreach of our support system is to also provide 'Little Touch of Home' packages to our troops serving worldwide. We have been actively doing this since 2001, shipping hundreds of thousands of boxes to wherever our troops may be stationed.

Operation North State
www.operationnorthstate.com
Operation North State (ONS) utilizes North Carolina's People, Places, Products and Pride to provide numerous military support services programs as a show of support and appreciation to the men and women who are currently serving in all branches of the armed forces as well as providing support programs for the veterans-in-need that call North Carolina home.

Operation Shoebox
www.operationshoebox.com
Sends care packages to the Troops. Looking for donations of AT&T phone cards and used printer ink cartridges. Currently looking for Teachers and Troops for for classrooms to correspond with troops. 

Operation Show Our Love
www.operationshowourlove.org
Our mission is to improve the morale of our military personnel who are overseas fighting for our freedom and to let them know that those of us at home care about them and support them!  We do this by collecting and shipping donations of snacks and toiletries to allow our troops to have a 'part of home' in a foreign land, and humanitarian items to distribute to the local population to build relationships that will help now as well as in the future.

Operation Soldier Assist
www.soldierassist.com
My hope and number one request is that you would adopt-a-troop. It means that you commit to writing a letter each week (not an email) so that your adopted troop get a physical letter at mail call, and sending a package once a month. I started OSA with the hope of getting our deployed personnel adopted out to the public, so that they would be encouraged while in Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the 100 plus countries we have troops stationed. We often get letters requesting adoption and support because the government hired contractors are charging way to much at the base stores. Some just wish to have someone to write to and visit with. Most need some sort of help with the items listed below. Items needed include: personal hygiene items, books, magazines, CD's, DVD's, boots, and new uniforms items. I know some may feel that boots and new uniform items are over the top, there NOT. Remember a gift is not a gift if it costs you nothing, and this is truly about helping those who defend our country and need support.

Operation Troop Appreciation
www.operationtroopappreciation.org
Operation Troop Appreciation presents a united front to our deployed military by providing a unit-level support with "wish-list" requests that contribute to troop morale.

Operation USO Care Package
www.uso.org
Operation USO Care Package was developed to boost morale and provide a safe and secure way for the public to show their support for our troops. USO Care Packages are delivered to service members who are either in route to an overseas assignment or are currently deployed. 

Operation We Care
www.operationwecare.com
We are a group of family and friends of local military personel and feel that we need to help make their deployment a little more comfortable in this 130 degree temperature plus environment! We send them items that they have requested.

Operation: With Love from Home (Napa, CA)
www.opwithlove.org
Operation: With Love from Home works to support our deployed armed forces stationed in harm's way. Supported by the Community Outreach Department at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, OWLFH counts on a group of non-partisan volunteers who recognize the need to keep our service men and women are in our hearts and prayers. The group actively supports their efforts and recognizes their sacrifices on behalf of our country.

To show support, three times a year the group works to collect donations to put together care packages for our troop abroad. Each package contains items the troops need: socks,

Each package also contains a hand-written letter of support and thanks. Sometimes, these packages are the only correspondence troops receive from home. They serve as a vital link to remind troops they are valued and loved.

Our Heroes Journey - Adopted Units
www.ourheroesjourney.com
Our Heroes Journey is a hands on, "Boots On The Ground" program that adopts Units, Squadron and Battalions as they deploy and offers support to the service member, their families, spouses and children. We offer support before, during and after deployment. 

Packages from Home
www.packagesfromhome.org
The mission of Packages From Home is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans

Palmisano Care Package Project
www.palmisanocarepackageproject.com
In Loving Memory of LCpl. Eric A Palmisano KIA 4.2.06
Son, Brother, Friend, and most of all our Hero!!!

In April of 2006, when two care packages that my husband Herb and I had mailed to our son Eric in Iraq were returned to us as undeliverable, it was a harsh reminder that our son was gone. Only days earlier we had received that dreaded knock on our door by 2 U.S. Marines, coming to tell us that our son was killed in Iraq. 

Now, as we stood there just staring at the packages, we knew we had to do SOMETHING. My husband, Herb, suggested that even though Eric could no longer use the items we had so lovingly packed for him in those Care Packages, his fellow Marines would most certainly have need for them. So we repackaged the items and sent them on to the Chaplain of Eric’s Unit in Iraq. Thus began the L.Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano Care Package Project. 

We have shipped over 1600 Care Packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since May 2006. Monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated to offset shipping costs!

Penpals and Packages (Keystone Soldiers)
www.keystonesoldiers.com
Through our organization and website you can show your support by becoming a volunteer, holding a fundraiser, collecting items on our list for packages, writing letters and cards to our troops or sponsoring a care package (or several!). You may also make a donation to help with postage or you can sponsor a special care package to one of our troops. There are opportunities available for anyone interested in helping. Just pick up the phone and call us or send an email with Volunteer in the subject line.

Semper Fi Sisters' Boxes of Love from the Home Front
www.semperfisisters.com
We are a group committed to supporting not only ALL branches of military and families (active, reserves, veterans, injured/wounded, the fallen families) but each other as women who have a desire & spirit of giving & sharing.

Serve! Inc
www.servenonprofit.com
Serve!, Inc has established an ongoing program of mailing “packages from home” to servicemen and women overseas. Serve!, Inc, using drop boxes and donation collection boxes throughout southeastern Connecticut and Southwestern Rhode Island continues to collect items to ship overseas to service people several times a month.

Soldier Send
www.soldiersend.com
SoldierSend is a gift registry for the military! The way it works... Members of the military create a free profile and fill out a gift registry (wish list) of things they need. Supporters go on to the site and find "their" soldier or a random one and can send care packages with the click of a button.

St. Michael's Soldiers
www.stmichaelssoldiers.org
St. Michael's Soldier's is a faith-based, not for profit ministry that provides "a little bit of home" to the deployed men and women of the US military. We do this through "Home Sweet Home" boxes, filled with items that are used everyday, but may not be readily available to those who have volunteered to protect our freedom; items like tooth brushes and tooth paste, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, t-shirt, socks, blankets, food items, and prayer.

The Heart of a Marine Project
http://heartofamarine.org/programs/package-projects.aspx
Join the many corporations that have gathered their employees for a most rewarding corporate service project: sending packages to our men and women in uniform stationed overseas.

Touch of Home
www.touchofhomeformilitary.com
We seek to lift the spirits of our brave young heroes, in the Military, by sending packages containing requested items and letters, etc. We are truly a "Touch of Home" to thousands. 

We mainly serve Forward Support Military, because they live under the most difficult conditions and have the least opportunity to access the larger PX's. We serve thousands through their chaplains, and referrals from one commander to another. We also ship our "Love" packages to friends and loved ones of our Supporters.

Treasure our Troops
www.treasureourtroops.org
Treasure Our Troops was started when the founders nephews were deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2009. Finding out that a lot of our soldiers have no one to write to them, send them care packages Treasure our Troops was formed! Our mission is to send as many care packages and written letters as possible to our deployed soldiers overseas as well as our wounded soldiers in the local hospitals.

U.S. Tennis Association Adopt-A-Unit
http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/usta_military_outreach/get_involved_service_members_veterans_and_families/
Tennis communities are involved with Adopt-A-Unit (AAU), a program supporting units currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  If you know a unit interested in being adopted, please contact military@usta.com.



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Care packages for female deployed military personnel

F7 Group
www.f7group.com
There are thousands of Female Soldiers deployed all over the world. Let them know they are not forgotten by helping to send a “Care Package” to  them this holiday season.
Help wish them a warm holiday season and a safe return home.

Ladies of Liberty (Soldiers' Angels)
www.soldiersangels.org
The Ladies of Liberty team of Soldiers' Angels focuses on the needs of deployed female servicemembers. We understand that females are instrumental in the current war (as in the past), and make special efforts to support them in their missions while showcasing our appreciation for their service. We assist with supplies for their unique health and hygiene needs, and help them experience a few pampering moments to rejuvenate and "be good to themselves."

Operation Courage is Beautiful
www.operationcourage.org
Operation Courage is Beautiful is a community project making a difference in the lives of women in the military. We send free care packages to those servicewomen serving overseas in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. 


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Care packages for the home front

Also visit Adopt a Military Family organizations - LINK

Full Circle Home
www.fullcirclehome.org
Our service men and women are doing more than their part. They need and deserve all the care packages, love and support that we can give. But at Christmas and Mother's Day, they want to send their love back – back to their wives, fiancés, girlfriends and moms. This program is designed to let our heroes be heroes yet again, by allowing them to send their holiday gifts and a love note to their quiet hero at home. This is accomplished through the generosity and appreciation of businesses and individuals who sponsor a servicemen's gifts home.

Give2the Troops Mail 'Em Mother's Day Drive
http://www.give2thetroops.org/MailEmMotherDay.htm
Give2theTroops is asking you to support our troops their “Mail 'Em Mothers Day™" Donations Drive! They are requesting specific items for the "Mail 'Em Mothers Day™" care packages for our Troops and for Troops to send home to their wives, mothers and grandmothers.

HOME Helping Our Military Everywhere
http://www.home4mil.org/Military-Spouses-.html
Are you a Military Spouse? We know that deployments are hard on everyone involved. We know that while your spouse is deployed you may be living far away from family and friends.

This is why we are introducing our newest 'adoption' program: "Adopt a Military Spouse." So, if you feel you would benefit from a mail call program of weekly letters and monthly 'care packages' please apply.

Little Patriots Embraced Family Deployment Package
www.littlepatriotsembraced.org
The LPE Family Package was designed for our military families. It is our goal to deliver this package to each family dealing with deployment. It is our way of saying how much we love and appreciate them for their service and sacrifice. Items in our package can offer emotional and psychological support for family members. Research shows that items similar to those in our package help meet these needs for people in similar stress-related situations.

LPE Family Deployment Package contents: 
  • USA Patriot Bear Quilt /Wall-hanging (for the home of every military family) 
  • Baby Blanket (custom designed soft receiving blanket to hold each baby born in a family of our military) 
  • Little Patriot Bear (designed for this program and for the arms of all children in the military) 
  • "We Care" Magnet (holds a card with important phone numbers for assistance) 
  • Ink Pen (to write their loved one) 
  • CD (soothing and relaxing music for the family as well as returning service member) 
  • Adult Writing Journal (a way to express thoughts and feelings) 
  • Childs Writing Journal (a drawing and writing journal for children) 
  • Large Tote Bag (for the items)

Mission Heart Hug
http://missionhearthug.com/
Mission Heart Hug, the nation's only program of its kind, offers you a way of saying thanks by providing you the opportunity to prepare a shoebox gift for a military spouse.

The vision and goal of Support Military Spouses is to provide every U.S. military wife or husband whose spouse is deployed on foreign soil with a shoebox filled with gifts of a pampering and encouraging nature.  We partner with the military to distribute the shoebox gifts.

Support Military Spouses
http://supportmilitaryspouses.org/
Shoeboxes for Military Spouses, the nation's only program of its kind, offers you a way of saying thanks by providing you the opportunity to prepare a shoebox gift for a military spouse.

Would you like to learn more about what to include in a care package for the home front?  Find out HERE



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Care packages for wounded warriors

Operation Gratitude's Wounded Warrior Care Package Program
http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/operation-gratitude-wounded-warrior-care-package-program/
Operation Gratitude provides special Wounded Warrior Care Packages to service members recovering in Military Hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition units located on military bases throughout the United States.

Further, in recognition that the Wounded Warrior often expresses deep concern for their buddies remaining on the front line, Operation Gratitude will send care packages on behalf of the Wounded Warrior to the rest of his or her unit still deployed downrange.​

Treasure our Troops
www.treasureourtroops.org
Treasure Our Troops was started when the founders nephews were deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2009. Finding out that a lot of our soldiers have no one to write to them, send them care packages Treasure our Troops was formed! Our mission is to send as many care packages and written letters as possible to our deployed soldiers overseas as well as our wounded soldiers in the local hospitals.



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Care packages for caregivers

Hearts of Valor
http://www.heartsofvalor.org/MemberBenefits
Hearts of ValorTM is a network of caregivers of wounded, ill or injured service members. Through empathy and mutual understanding Operation Homefront created this community of support for those whose lives are forever changed by the wounds of war, seen and unseen. We offer the following benefits:

New members receive a care package that contains items that not only help welcome them to the program, but also communicates one of the program's basic tenets; self-care is essential to caring for others.


Operation Gratitude's Care Packages for Care Givers
https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/caring-for-the-care-givers/
In recognition of their sacrifice and devotion, Operation Gratitude sends special greetings and appreciation to wives, mothers, daughters and sisters who are caring for their wounded warriors. Partnering with REDBOOK Magazine and several generous sponsors, including Yankee Candle, Old Navy, OPI, Hickory Farms, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Pampered Chef, Bath & Body Works — and many more — Operation Gratitude’s “Care Packages for Care Givers” Program encourages these women to take care of and pamper themselves.​


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Care packages for veterans

Operation Gratitude's Veterans Care Package Program
http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/thanking-veterans-for-their-service/
In our on-going misson to express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of our military, Operation Gratitude has launched a new program to deliver thousands of care packages to Military Veterans all across the country.

A “Welcome Home Heroes” celebration sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a weekly gathering of mostly World War II veterans and a Vietnam Veterans picnic are just a few of the venues at which many of the new “Veterans Care Packages” were recently distributed…and emotionally received.



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Retailers that ship to APO/FPO addresses

Here in the U.S, the U.S. Postal Service is the only means available to ship to APO/FPO addresses. Oconus.com has a database of more than 700 companies that ship to APOs.


A helpful Army Times article about which online retailers do and don't ship APO - and how to protect packages sent from home - LINK

Here is a sampling of some of the retailers and others that do ship to an APO/FPO address:


Big John's Beef Jerky
www.bigjohnsbeefjerky.com/cart/military
Big John's Military Specials:
  • The most popular sampler packs chosen by Military personnel
  • Priced 20%+ below retail
  • Free gift notice sent free of charge (if requested)
  • Free shipping includes all APO/FPO addresses
Please contact us with special requests for bulk orders, support for special projects or anything else to make life a little easier for the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces.

Come on Home Bakery
https://www.facebook.com/ContradictionsBakery
Fresh organic baked goods - Come on Home Bakery ships to APO's. During special promotions a portion of the proceeds goes to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Damn Good Jerky
www.damngoodjerky.com
Have you ever tasted a product, and knew immediately that it could have been made better? That exact attitude is the basis for us starting Damn Good Foods. Regardless of cost and the effort necessary, we will provide only the best possible products, or we simply just won't make it.

Gift Basket Bounty
www.giftbasketbounty.com
Show our deployed soldiers how much you appreciate them. Send a Military Care Package with your Free Personalized Message for your loved ones that are deployed overseas or here in the U.S.! 

All of these care packages are available for delivery to Military APO/FPO addresses - USPS Priority Mail. Your care package will be delivered to most locations within one to two weeks. *U.S. Postal shipping fees apply for APO & FPO addresses.

Gourmet Gift Baskets
www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/Care-Packages
Created specifically for people serving in our Military, our Military Care Packages are the perfect surprise, especially if they are in war zones or Third World countries. Anyone far from home appreciates receiving a package, and when that Care Package comes from your selection at Gourmet Gift Baskets, the pleasure is even greater. Women in the military especially appreciate the spa packages of skin care and hygiene products.

Hickory Farms
www.hickoryfarms.com
Ships free to APO/FPO addresses. Summer sausage gifts, nut gifts, sweet gifts and more.

Minimus
www.minimus.biz
Has military care packages with travel size items: food, snacks, beverages, mini-meals, condiments, medical, personal care, laundry, etc. Shipments to military post offices (i.e. APO or FPO) can only be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service.

Miss Your Voice
www.missyourvoice.net
Don't send them just a box full of stuff, send them a box full of love. Mail call is the most looked forward to time, while overseas, light up your service members day with a custom care package.  

Our care packages are hand decorated, and themed to the theme of your choice. Be it “Happy Holidays”, “Happy Anniversary” or even just “Thinking of You”.

These are not just ordinary care packages. They are gifts. When your service member opens their box, they will see a colorful, decorated interior, and inside there will be gift boxes, and or, gift bags for them to open containing their goodies! Providing them with the excitement of receiving presents, and guaranteeing them a smile. 

Our main goal is to make your service member feel loved and appreciated! We don't want to take credit for your gift! The care package will be sent with your address as the return shipping address, and MissYourVoice will not appear anywhere on the box. Each package will be unique and completed to your specifications, and we can even add hand written messages to include in the package! 

Tabasco Country Store
http://countrystore.tabasco.com
Military gift ideas include: grenade handle bottle topper, camoflauge holster, The Unofficial MRE Recipe Booklet, military Tabasco bottle, "Recover and Burn" playing cards, "Tabasco" playing cards. Ships to APO/FPO addresses.
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