OPERATION CARE PACKAGE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
April marks 10 years of OCP sending care packages to our Military. What started from 3 large boxes & a trip to the post office, has now grown into an average of 160 packages per week & reaching over 10,000 at Christmas time.
A huge thanks to all of you, our supporters & volunteers for helping to make this happen.
We are still growing strong and have added on to our mission by helping local Homeless Veterans, Wounded Troops & providing supplies to other Veteran related projects when we are able.
We continue to be an ALL Volunteer Not for profit & it is truly an Honor to serve our Military in this small way.
CHRISTMAS PACKING 2013
First Packing Day - November 29, 2013
OCP Christmas Building
1012 Plainfield Road -- Joliet, IL
HOHOHO.......... here are some hours that we will be open at the OCP CHRISTMAS BUILDING!
Come on out to help & stuff some stockings & send Christmas cheer to our HEROES on any of the marked days!!
Our first packing day is the day after Thanksgiving...before that we will be organizing & getting ready!
Additional days and times may be added.. we'll let you know!
At present we have approx 3000 individual troops & 180 groups to send to, so bring your smiles & your Christmas spirit to be sure to let No HERO Be Forgotten!!!
We truly appreciate your ongoing support - we couldn't do this without you!
And to our Troops, we say THANK YOU!!!
It is an honor to send a little bit of home & hugs to YOU!!
Campaign For Handmade Items
Any sewers out there? OCP is in need of handmade items for 2013.
10,000 Homemade Christmas stockings (med to full size)
10,000 black, brown, tan or dark colored neck gators (made out of fleece)
Crochet stocking caps in browns, tan, black, dark blue, camo or dark greens
Handmade quilts or fleece blankets
Stockings & winter items needed by Nov. 1st
Cool scarves for summer needed now through July
Any can be sent to:
Operation Care Package
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL. 60435
Please feel free to attach small note card of thanks to our troops on them if you like.
And if anyone is located in the Joliet area we do have some material for Christmas Stockings if needed.
For more information and sewing instructions, patterns, etc. visit
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Saturday - December 14, 2013
Ceremony starts at 11 am
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421
Please arrive early due to parking & dress for weather!
Wreaths will be placed right after ceremony
Free luncheon afterwards for all at:
STONE CITY VFW
124 Stone City Dr. Joliet, IL. which is at sw corner of Rt 53 & Laraway Rd
CLICK FOR WAA ORDER FORM
Sponsor a wreath for a Veterans grave: $15. for each wreath
Wreaths will be placed on any Veterans grave
Make checks payable to WAA and mail to:
OCP Wreath Project
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL. 60435
If you prefer to
pay online through WAA,
please include our sponsor Number: ILOCP 0001
Our Cemetery of Choice is
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery - Elwood, IL
but you can request the cemetery of your choice.
Wreaths Across America will donate $5 back to OCP
for each wreath that is sponsored through us.
We accept orders year round, but orders must be received
by November 22th for the 2013 ceremony.
Wreaths Across America does not do grave specific.
For questions about your loved one
buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
please contact: Debbie at 815-723-6960 home or 815-693-3215 cell
please leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will be needed for Saturday December 14th ~ no pre-sign up needed
Wreath layers, Bakers, Donations of food dishes, Paper products, Bottled water & more
Help getting sponsorships beforehand
Also, please help spread the word about this wonderful program
by passing around the link below
4,600 wreaths were sponsored for Abraham Lincoln 2012
There are 30,000 of our Nations Heros Buried there
We have a long way to go
We need a wreath for every grave & cannot do it without your help
SHOP & DROP / TAG DAYS
Volunteers Needed: 2 to 4 hour shifts
June 22nd - Jewel Food Store - Shorewood, IL.
June 29th - Jewel Food Store - 1401 IL Rt 59, Joliet
July 13th - Jewel Food Store - New Lenox, IL.
July 20th - Jewel Food Store - Larkin Ave, Joliet, IL.
August 17th - Walmart - Rt 30, New Lenox, IL.
Sept. 7th & 8th - Walmart - 420 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL.
LET NO HERO BE FORGOTTEN
Yellow Ribbon Vigil
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban
in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009 and is still a POW.
We offer him our love and support.
Please keep Bowe and all our Troops in your thoughts and prayers.
COFFEE FOR OUR TROOPS ~ THE COFFEE BEANERY
For every pound of coffee bought and donated for our troops,
The Coffee Beanery will match it and send to
Operation Care Package, to include in our packages to our troops.
A huge thanks to The Coffee Beanery & all those who have been ordering!
We are grateful for the support.
Hundreds of troops have been sent coffee because of this program.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS STOCKING
We have extended this campaign year round.
Handmade Christmas Stockings being accepted through Nov. 5th, 2013
Regular size stockings please, no specific pattern available.
TROOP DRAWSTRING BAGS
Due to an overwhleming response to the 'GALLON' size
We are not accepting those at this time, however
We will be taking small bags year round
Small Drawstring Bags
Below is a pattern that can be used. which is approximate
Small Drawstring Bag
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, Il. 60435
Donations of material, crafts kits and ribbon also needed.
We also have other year round projects if you like to sew, knit or
Cool Scarves ~ Neck Gators ~ Small Drawstring bags ~ Stocking Caps
Winter Scarves ~ Quilts for for Servicemen & Wounded ~ Blankets for Senior Veterans
Pillows, no pattern 12 in x 12in lightley stuffed so they are squishable
Write thank you, from your hometown with permanent marker right on pillow
Who is needed: Everyone!
Indviduals, groups, clubs, seniors, children
You can all help
For More Information: email Fran at
Fran 815-836-5953 or Debbie 815-723-6960 or cell 815-693-3215
Help spread the word!
STAMP'N FOR THE TROOPS
February 2, 2006 - Ongoing
Collect One Million First Class Stamps
Help us reach our goal and we'll
be able to send 300 Care Packages a week for a year!
~ Learn More ~
Manhattan Irish Fest Parade
March 2014 First Saturday in March.
Parade Walkers / Riders needed
Volunteers needed to work a 3 hour shift at Irish Fest for OCP
Sales of St Patricks day raffle tickets and collection help needed
Flag Wavers & Walkers needed
Call Deb 723-6960
WE'RE STILL PACKING!
Care Packages are packed and mailed weekly throughout the year.
Through the winter, most packing is done on Wednesdays 10 till 3
The 3rd week of each month we pack on Monday Evenings.
Please call ahead for certain days
815-723-6960 leave a message, I work full time.
Packing is done at our office
Will County Farm Bureau Building
100 Manhattan Rd.
We are always in need of items for the Care Packages.
Please visit the links below for a listing of supplies most needed,
and locations where they may be dropped off.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
Thank you for supporting our Troops!