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Operation Care Package believes it is an honor for us to ship care packages to our deployed troops throughout the world.
Our goal is to make sure that no "Hero" serving our country is forgotten.

We rely on the generosity of Americans to continue our efforts. Thank you for your help and for supporting our Troops!


Donations & Volunteer Opportunities


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Operation Care Package is a volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity.
Fed ID # 33-1085125
All donations are tax deductible.


Monetary Donations


All donations are used to help pay for shipping costs and items needed that we do not receive from donations. The average shipping cost is approx $14 per box.

Donations may be made by check, money order, Paypal.

Any size donation is greatly appreciated.






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EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Volunteers are needed for the following events:

June 21st Illinois Freedom Run, Marseilles, Il.
Volunteers are needed to help work our booth hours will be anywhere from 8am till 11pm.

June 28th Homer Fest: Homer township.
25 Volunteers 21 and older are needed to work shift between 5 and midnight.
3 or 4 volunteers ages 15 to 20 are needed between the hours of noon and 8pm.

July 18th volunteers are needed to work at Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet
hours are 3:30 till 7:30 pm

July 19th volunteers are needed to work a Shop n' Drop at Wal-Mart store in New Lenox
Hours are 8:30 through 3:30pm

July 21st Slammers Baseball game, Military Appreciation Night.
Tickets on sale now through OCP with $5.00 from each ticket sold going to benefit OCP.
Volunteers also needed that night to do a 50/50 during the game.
Starts at 7pm

August 9th All Hero's Welcome Block Party, Joliet
Volunteers will be needed 1pm through at least 6 pm.

Sept. 13th and 14th Shop n' Drop at Wal-Mart, Weber Rd, Romeoville
Between the hours of 8:30 and 3:30 each day

Sept. 13th Corn Hole Tournament benefit for OCP.
Paul and Mary's Raceway Camping, Joliet
Volunteers needed during the day.

Sept. 14th Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet
15 Volunteers needed 9am till 1pm

Sept. 20th and 21st Cottonwood Farms Military appreciation weekend.
Volunteers needed 10 am till 4 pm



Purchase A Flag Made In The USA

CVS Flags will make a donation to Operation Care Package for any purchase
made through the link below.
These donations will help with postage and items for the Care Packages.
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Make a purchase through this link and
OCP will receive a donation to support our Troops.



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Stamp 'N For The Troops

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We are asking all Americans if they would consider donating one First Class Stamp or more to be used for postage for cards, letters, and Care Packages.
Our goal is One Million Stamps!
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TAG DAY VOLUNTEERS 2014

Dates & Times to be announced soon
Volunteers can sign up now.

Collection times are normally 9am till 3 pm
We usually do a morning or afternoon shift
If you are available in the Joliet & surrounding areas please call
Not Local? You can still help by Organizing a Tag Day in your area for OCP
Contact Debbie for more info or to sign up
815-723-6960 Please leave a message with a call back number




Laptops

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We would greatly appreciate donations of new and refurbished laptops,
or used laptops in good condition, which would be sent
to deployed troops who request them.



Musical Instruments for Troops

We are now accepting musical instruments
in new or like new condition, please
Harmonicas ~ Horns ~ Violins
Banjos ~ Acoustic Guitars ~ Karaoke Machines
Smaller Keyboards ~ Small Electric Guitars & Sm. Portable Amps


Sponsor A Package

Our care packages include many necessities, along with special treats from home.

Donation: $25.00

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Volunteers Needed!
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We have events coming up and your help is needed

Volunteers needed on Make a Difference Day 2014
Please can you help commit to at least a couple hours?
Jr. High through Senior Citizens needed.
Out of State? Do your own collection. Ask how you can help
Contact Debbie 815-723-6960 please leave a message, I work.



Wreaths Across America
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Sponsor a wreath for a Veteran's grave

Saturday - December 13, 2014
Ceremony starts at 11 am
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421

OCP has teamed up with Wreaths Across America
We are excited about this campaign, since it's a great way to support our Veterans and also help send Care Packages to our Troops.
Over 6,400 Wreaths were placed by volunteers in 2013
Thank you all for your support
Sponsorships of wreaths are taken year round
We have over 31,000 of our Nations Heros buried here
So your help is desperately needed for more wreaths
Our goal is to one day have a wreath for every grave.


You can order online at
http://www.wreaths-across-america.org

Enter our Group ID # ILOCP 0001
and the National Cemetery of your choice
Or you can sponsor through the mail and pay by check.
These wreaths are placed on 'any Veterans' grave
We are unable to do grave specific
Only exceptions are:
If you attend the Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery ONLY
You can place the grave specific you sponsored
For grave specifics the donation must be sent to me along with the
Veterans grave, section & site number no later than Nov. 20th 2013.
Make checks payable to:
Wreaths Across America and mail to:
OCP WREATH PROJECT
611 WILCOX ST.
JOLIET, ILLINOIS 60435
*** PLEASE NOTE***:
We rely on 1000 volunteers to place the wreaths on the correct graves.
We try our best, however we have had a few misplaced
The only for sure guarantee you will get your grave specific you sponsor is to be there to place it.
All wreath sponsored for Abraham Lincoln are put on grave there only

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Sewing

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Support our Troops by sewing sewing a mini goodie bag

Free Patterns and Information: Small Drawstring Bag

You can mail finished bags to:
Operation Care Package
611 Wilcox St.
Joliet, Il. 60435

Other sewing projects include:
Cool scarves - Travel Pillows - Back & Neck warmers - Draw string Bags
Neck gators - Twin Size Quilts - Christmas Stockings
Due to overwhelming & generous support our gallon size bags are not needed at this time
Thank you to all who made thousands of bags
For more info contact:
Debbie @ proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net



Greeting Cards For Troops By ORCAS

A wonderful Orgnaization ORCAS
Oregon Coast Avid Stampers
Supplies OCP with thousands of Handmade Greeting cards so
the toops can have cards to send home to loved ones and friends
Donations or card supplies & handmade cards are always needed
Please contact Claudette Schroeder at 541_764-8914
Or Mail donations of any supplies to:
ORCAS, C/O C. Schroeder
4300 N. Highway 101
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
Cards and Supplies are needed 3 months in advance of each Holiday.
For more information regarding these donations,
and items you have available to donate,
please email Claudette at
orcas@jnrcom.com



Other Donations

Items for Raffles & Silent Auctions
always needed to help us raise postage money
These items are normally used when we have an event
Office Supplies Needed:
Copy Paper ~ Card Stock Paper ~ Scotch Tape
9"x12" white of yellow envelopes
We are in need of a new Computer
Enclosed Trailer Needed or Van needed
For use of hauling and picking up OCP items,
donations and care packages to the post office

For more information regarding these donations,
and items you have available to donate,
please email Debbie at
proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net



Supply List

The following is a list of items that are especially needed.
For a more complete listing, see our
Supply List page.
Thank you.


Cards & letters of support to 'any hero'
Protien Powders - Powdered Pre-Sweetened Drink Mixes, Coffee
Canned Soups & Fruit, Canned Tuna ~ Chicken ~ Salmon
Licorice - Swedish Fish - Fruit Snacks
Batteries AA & AAA
Hand held games, dvds and cds
Hand Held Fans ~ Flav or Ice
Protien Bars ~ Jerky ~ Slim Jims ~ Sausage Sticks
Socks - Mens - white /black - work /crew
Summer sausage, beef sticks or pepperoni sticks (6oz to 12oz size)
Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Nuts (individual sizes)
Zip lock bags (quart and gallon size)
Micro-wave Easy Mac - Instant Oatmeal
Phone cards 120 min AT&T

All donations should be sent to:
Operation Care Package
611 Wilcox Street
Joliet, Illinois
60435

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You may also drop off items at the locations below

DROP OFF LOCATIONS



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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 school.
Please keep pictures no larger than 8 x 10, to fit nicely in box.
Hand painted regular size pillowcases for our deployed Military.
Fabric Markers work best

Be part of the team of OCP Kids Supporting Our Troops!
Visit OCP Kids



Volunteers

Local residents in Chicago, Illinois & surrounding areas.
Out of the area? We need volunteers to do collections for us
Or organize Schools or Churches to help


Donation Boxes:

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.
Volunteers are also needed to pick up donated items, and transport to our packing office in Joliet. This could 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 open food packages, checking for expiration and sorting into areas....hygiene, food, items for the kids, etc.


Bagging:

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 'hygiene packs'.


Packing Boxes:

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.
Help is especially needed through the Christmas Holidays

This also reguires some heavy lifting and bending, as packages weigh approx 8 to 20 lbs.
Packages are mailed weekly year round.
Any amount of time that can be donated is a huge help.


Thank you.


Last updated: July 30, 2014
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