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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


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.


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 on the graves of our nation's heroes
and help us get more Christmas Packages to our Troops.
We can't do this without your help. Order your wreath today!
Please click on the link below for Orders and Ceremony Information.
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Stamp 'N For The Troops


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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Dates & Times are listed on our events page
Volunteers can sign up now.

Collection times are normally 8:30 am till 4 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 Donna for more info or to sign up
779-379-5180 Please leave a message with a call back number



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!
We have events coming up and your help is needed

Please see our events page.
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 815-693-3215 please leave a message, I work.




Support our Troops by sewing a mini goodie bag

Free Patterns and Information: Small Drawstring Bag

You can mail finished bags to:
Operation Care Package
P.O. BOX 175 / 120 JESSIE ST.

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 Organization ORCAS
Oregon Coast Avid Stampers
Supplies OCP with thousands of Handmade Greeting cards so
the troops 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

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

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'
Protein 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
Protein Bars ~ Jerky ~ Slim Jims ~ Sausage Sticks
Socks - Men's - 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
P.O. BOX 175 / 120 JESSIE ST.
Manhattan, Illinois


You may also drop off items at the locations below



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!
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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 Manhattan, IL.. 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.


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:

Help is especially needed through the Christmas Holidays

This also requires 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: October 18, 2017
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