Operation Care Package relies on patriotic Americans to help us continue our efforts
of making sure that no Hero serving our country is forgotten.
This is especially true of the fast approaching Holiday Season, with so many of our
Troops far from home.
Our goal is to reach 10,000 Troops with Christmas Care Packages.
Thanks for helping us "Send Santa To The Troops!"
Donations & Volunteer Opportunities
Operation Care Package is a volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity.
All donations are tax deductible.
All donations are used to help pay shipping costs and items needed that
we do not receive from donations. The average shipping cost is approx
$18.00 per box.
Donations may be made by check, money order, or paypal. To use paypal, click on
the donate button at the
donation is greatly appreciated.
Sponsor A Christmas Pack!
These beautiful Christmas Packs include many of the necessities
in our regular packages, along with loads of treats from Santa!
Wreaths Across America
Sponsor A Wreath For A Veteran's Grave
Operation Care Package has teamed up with Wreaths Across America.
Your sponsorship will help get more wreaths to Veteran Cemeteries
and help us get more Christmas Packages to our Troops.
Here's a great way to Support our Troops while you shop for Christmas!
OCP has joined Amazon Smile
Amazon will make a donation to OCP each time you order
to help us pay for shipping costs of the Care Packages.
There is no cost to you, and you will still receive Amazon's great prices when using Amazon Smile.
Stamp 'N For The Troops
We are asking all Americans if they would consider donating one First Class Stamp
to be used for postage for cards, letters, and Care Packages.
Operation Christmas Stocking
We need 10,000 Stockings that we can stuff and add to the Christmas Care Packages.
(Approx 12-16 inches tall x 5-6
Stockings can be made of fabric or felt.
No special pattern needed
Campaign For Handmade Items
OCP is in need of handmade items for Christmas packing and throughout the year.
Support our Troops by sewing a Christmas Hygiene Bag
At this time only mini drawstring bags needed.
approximate size 4in wide x 7in tall any cotton material any patterns.
Here are some items OCP can really use for Christmas and usually can be found at discount stores for $2 to $5 each.
We need thousands of gifts for Christmas and we are starting to collect now. Please consider picking up some.
The following is a list of items that are also especially needed to add
Holiday cheer to packages.
We start Packing & Mailing Friday, day after Thanksgiving
Cards & letters of support to 'any hero'
Coffee (singles - 2lb bags or cans)
Hot Chocolate & Hot Cider Packets
Cookies (small individual packs)
Chocolate bars & kisses
Canned Chili, Stews, Soups, Ravioli
Vienna sausage, Tuna, Chicken or Salmon
Canned Fruit, Dried Fruit or Fruit Snacks
Batteries AA & AAA
Hand held games, dvds and cds
Sweat pants, blankets and blanket throws
Socks - Mens - white /black - work /crew
Summer sausage, beef sticks or pepperoni sticks (6oz to 12oz size)
Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Nuts (individual sizes)
Small Christmas trees - 8 to 18 inches tall
Zip lock bags ( snack, sandwich, quart and gallon size)
Popcorn balls / Carmel corn
Phone cards 120 min AT&T
Little Stockings (Approx 12-16 inches tall x 5-6
Hand made ornaments (no glass please) kids crafts
iTunes, Walmart, Best Buy Gift Cards, etc.
Hand made cards & letters & color pages from Kids
Special requests we have been receiving, if anyone can help:
Small mircowaves, alarm clocks, Mag Lites,
Any type of musical instruments, new or used: guitars,
Harmonicas, horns, small keyboards, melodicas,
Mircophones, small karaoke machines & music.
Also, grappling gloves, weight lifting gloves, adult jump ropes
Sports jerseys, Harley shirts, Nascar ( FOR GIFTS)
All donations should be sent to:
Operation Care Package
P.O. Box 175 / 120 Jessie St.
~ Drop Off Locations ~
Nothing brings a smile to a soldier's face like a letter from a kid.
We would like to receive hand drawn pictures and letters from children
in schools, groups, individuals, Confirmation classes, Sunday Schools, etc.
PLEASE NO PERSONAL CHILDRENS INFO
Such as home addresses or emails...for their safety, too
Below are Christmas Color Pages that can be used.
Click to view and print.
Note: For best printing results, click to view, then right click
and "save as" to your computer.
Print full page.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS
SANTA BRINGS GIFTS
Send Color Pages to:
P.O. Box 175 / 120 Jessie St.
Manhattan, Illinois 60442
Be part of the team of OCP Kids helping to send "Santa" on
his way to our Troops!
Local residents in Joliet, Illinois & surrounding areas.
Christmas Packing Starts Friday After Thanksgiving
Goes through first week of December (or later - to be announced)
Check our Events page for exact dates and times.
For large groups or special day & times please
email ahead of time: Proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net
Drop off items will be accepted at this location, too, during those dates.
We will be closed December 12th & 13th 2015, so our volunteers can attend
the Wreaths Across America Ceremony
at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Il.
OCP is in need of areas to leave drop off boxes.
If you know of a
grocery store or business with a central location
that would allow us to leave a box, please contact us.
are also needed to pick up donated Christmas items, (also, on a
regular basis) and transport to our packing office in Joliet. This
require some heavy lifting.
Inspection & Sorting of Items:
As donated items come in, they must be inspected and sorted into
different categories. Items must be appropriate for sending - no opened
food packages, checking for expiration and sorting into
areas....hygiene, food, items for the kids, etc.
Donated items are all placed into ziplock bags. Examples are:
snacks, hygiene, canned foods in bags, etc. This protects the
contents of the package against leakage, should any part of the package
get crushed during shipment. We also need individuals to bag separate
Once items are sorted and bagged, they are placed into the boxes.
Boxes need to be taped, packed tightly, letters enclosed - and
then, closed, taped and stacked.
Trucks and Vans:
We are in need of local residents who have a pick-up or van and are
willing to help haul care packages to the post office.
This also requires some heavy lifting and bending, as packages
weigh approx 8 to 20 lbs.
Although packages are mailed weekly year
round, there will be large shipments on a daily basis between Nov. 29rd
- Dec. 15th.
Any amount of time that can be donated is a huge help.
Let's all help "Send Santa To The Troops" this Holiday Season.
Music: Still Nacht by Mannheim Steamroller, from the album Christmas.