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. Contact us or drop off items we're currently accepting at these locations:

7025 E. Michigan Ave (at Moon Rd)
Saline, MI  48176
Jafferson Computers 
4005 Carpenter Rd (at Ellsworth Rd) 
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
 Current Needs    Guidelines and Restrictions
Food and Beverages
We are not currently accepting food/beverage items due to concerns about expiration prior to our November 2019 shipment. We can accept bagged coffee, K-Cups, and teas that do not expire until 2020.
  • Water flavor-enhancement packets or drops 
  • Ground Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Teas: Bagged, Boxed, Starbucks VIA sticks or Keurig K-Cups 
  • 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 crushed by the time they arrive!)
  • Small microwaveable shelf-stable meals and canned goods (mac 'n cheese, spaghetti, noodles, rice, veggies)
For the safety of our military men and women, and out of respect for the customs of the nations in which they're stationed, we require food and beverages:
  • Must be unopened, undamaged and in original packaging; shelf-stable, no refrigeration required
  • Must not have an expiration date earlier than January 15, 2019. Absolutely no expired products are allowed
  • Must be able to fit in a 12"x12"x5.5" box or be split out into separate manufacturer-sealed packages for packing
  • Must not be homemade items or home-packaged/sealed

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!
  • small lens cleaning cloths
  • 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 the 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, general fiction). No Harlequin Romances, no hard-cover books. Consider the readers will be primarily 18-40 years of age.
  • 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 DVD movies that are appropriate and meet our guidelines. Again, remember these are primarily young men and women.
  • 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 for any faith, though cards, messages, and decor related to religious holidays, like Christmas, Hannukah, etc are very acceptable and enjoyed by the recipients.
  • 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