Sending boxes to military personnel is a carefully restricted activity and there are some rules that we all have to follow to insure the safety of our soldiers and sailors and to be considerate of the customs and restrictions of the countries in which they are deployed.
 Current Needs    Guidelines and Restrictions
Food and Beverages
  • Water flavor-enhancement packets or drops 
  • Ground Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Teas: Bagged, Boxed, Starbucks VIA sticks or Keurig K-Cups (not Keurig 2.0 or other varieties)
  • Protein bars and shake mixes; healthy bars like Clif, Luna, KIND, and similar items
  • "Sturdy" Individual snacks (pretzels, cheese crackers, granola bars, trail mix, nuts, dried fruits, Pop Tarts, instant oatmeal, cookies - things that won't be pounded to dust by the time they arrive!)
  • Small microwaveable shelf-stable meals (mac 'n cheese, spaghetti, noodles, rice, veggies)
  • Must be unopened, undamaged and in original packaging; shelf-stable, no refrigeration required
  • Must not have an expiration date earlier than January 1, 2018. Absolutely no expired products are allowed
  • Containers must be able to fit in a 12"x12"x5.5" box or be split out into separate manufacturer-sealed packages for packing
  • No homemade items are allowed for our troops' safety
  • ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL OR PORK or PORK BY-PRODUCTS ALLOWED


Personal Care Items - Currently being accepted
  • Travel-sized toiletries from hotel stays are AWESOME!
  • Shampoo/Conditioner for men and women
  • Hair care products for men and women of color
  • Body Wash and Bar soap for men and women
  • Deodorant for men and women
  • Moisturizing Lotion
  • Body and Foot Powder, also Medicated Foot powder
  • Disposable Razors
  • Q-Tips
  • Baby and Adult-sized Body Wipes
  • Toothbrushes (soft), Toothpaste, and Dental Floss
  • Sunscreen Lip Balm and Lotion
  • Non-alcohol mouthwash
  • Laundry Detergent Pods and Dryer Sheets
  • Feminine protection, tampons, maxi pads, mini pads (individually wrapped is best) If you're of an age where you don't need these anymore, but have leftovers, consider donating them!
  • Must be unopened, unused (because believe it or not...), and in original packaging
  • From travel-sizes up to smaller full size versions of products. Soldiers don't always have room for club-sized bottles and can't travel with them.
  • NO ALCOHOL - so that means no hand sanitizers and no mouthwashes, facial toners, or other liquid items with alcohol listed as a primary ingredient.
  • NO AEROSOLS - this includes many shaving creams
Tip: Female soldiers and sailors often request items that they term "girlie" and we love to comply! We're happy to receive and send items like luxury-scented hair and skincare items, facial masks, sleep masks, soft shower puffs, brushes, nail files, and other niceties.




 Morale Boosters and Miscellaneous Supplies - Currently being accepted (except magazines)
  • Board Games and other Small Games, complete with all parts/pieces/instructions; all components must fit in a 5.5" high x 12"square box. We can repackage in baggies to help.
  • Complete Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Good quality used paperback books of interest to men and women (action/adventure, mystery, history, romance, general fiction). No Harlequin Romances, no hard-cover books, 
  • Magazines (women's and men's interests, sports, celebrity news, US/World News) Should be timely (current month) as only old copies of Readers Digest and National Geographic age well.
  • Greeting Cards (holiday, birthday, thinking of you, and Blank Note Cards) or stationery so they can write home. No used cards or items in which there is already writing.
  • Writing utensils - pencils, pens
  • Holiday Decorations that will fit into our 12"x12"x5.5" box (small ornaments, tinsel, New Year's eve favors, and items for birthdays and other national holidays)
  • New or gently used DVDs of movies or TV shows that are appropriate and meet our guidelines.
  • No obscene or pornographic material, including some questionable romance book covers (but no outdated Harlequin romances, either!)
  • No Political Materials 
  • No bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Muslim faith (a majority religion where many soldiers are deployed)
  • No incomplete games or puzzles
  • No VHS or audio tapes
  • No copied, pirated, or bootlegged DVDs or music CDs
  • No decorations or other items that require batteries