Operation Shoebox

  1. In my neck of the woods, someone has taken on the project of
    getting the community involved in sending a shoebox, full of
    "things" to our service people. Now, they suggest things like,
    combs, brushes, nail clippers, baby wipes, floss, disposable razors, crossword puzzles, individual wrapped tylenol ect...The
    boxes are then taken to a central location and mailed. Anyone with other good suggestions of things to send? If I used one of
    my husbands shoeboxes I might be able to send a Volkswagen!!
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   sunnygirl272
    Hmmmm..nice thought but i had heard, and in fact i think i also read it here..that they are actually discouraging these home-grown care packs for safety and security of the troops.....
  4. by   Shamrock
    Hmmm, I understood it to be a national thing........(after reading more)
  5. by   Mkue
    Maybe they will accept hygiene items but not foodstuff. It's a GREAT idea if they will accept the packages.

    How about deodorant?
  6. by   cindyln
    I have heard and seen on tv that they are not wanting packages sent to the troops unless you send it to a particular person. No any soldier packages due to terrorism.
  7. by   Disablednurse
    I read today in a news report that they are discouraging any non family mail to the troops not be sent. They said they will only accept email for them now due to possible boobie-trapped packages.
  8. by   NurseDianne
    I got an email today from HUGSFOR KWAIT.....shoebox thing that they are requesting no items be sent, other than postcards and letters. They don't have the space to carry all of that stuff being sent
  9. by   nurse-in-boots
    I have two brother in laws over there.... We can only send stuff as long as its directly mailed to them, not just "any soldier" We sent a whole bag of razors, and he passed them out to his buddies, along with other stuff. we only send stuff that will be used fairly quick, so they dont lug it around everywhere.

    Now, they are in the middle of the desert, advancing toward bagdad, so the mail has stoped for now. They have no way to get it.
  10. by   caroladybelle
    Thought sharps couldn't be mailed.

    And getting anything with alcohol in it through to middle east would be difficult.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    In stark contrast to the words of "support" from the Congress and the Bush administration, Veterans for
    Common Sense calls for specific actions of support - Deeds not Words. We encourage veterans and true
    supporters of our troops support this important campaign which will include:
    * Intensified public and government advocacy in coordination with leading veterans organizations, including the
    National Gulf War Resource Center and the Disabled American Veterans, to support a fully-funded budget for
    veterans healthcare and "force health protection" to safeguard our troops.
    * VCS is committed to ensure the safe return of our troops and to protect their future and the healthcare
    needs of all of our veterans by stopping the budget cuts.
    * Direct contact to deployed service members with messages of support, peace and hope. VCS is doing so by
    highlighting opportunities, such as Operation Dear Abby, to send letters and care packages to deployed
    service members.
    * Continued education and public awareness of the role combat veterans must play in the national debate
    regarding the judicious use of military force.
    Please send all checks and personal greetings for "Operation USO Care Package" to: USO-Operation USO Care
    C/O Pentagon Federal Credit Union
    P.O. Box 19221
    Alexandria, VA 22320-9998
    Due to the threat of anthrax following September 11, DoD suspended its practice of forwarding personal care
    packages and correspondence by the American public to "Any Service Member." In its place, USO created a
    care package program. Through sponsorship of an "Operation USO Care Package," an individual's personal
    greeting will be transcribed onto an official postcard and included in the care package going to a service
  12. by   emily_mom
    I just heard this on the radio yesterday, but they said the mail system is so overclogged that they don't want 'anonymous' packages. Someone they interviewed said they are having a hard enough time trying to get the addressed mail through.

    At least you can send money...the universal message of love....
  13. by   susanmary
    I'm getting conflicting information -- don't want to send things that won't get to them. I wanted to get some yellow ribbon to tie on a front tree -- can't find it anywhere.
    Last edit by susanmary on Mar 27, '03
    I also caw on several news stations that they were asking people to stop sending these types of packages unless you're family.