An organization of military parents dedicated to the support and encouragement of military personnel and their families.

CARE PACKAGE ITEMS For Our Troops and Hospitalized Vets

Drop Off Locations Below

 WE CAN ALWAYS USE YOUR DONATIONS!

If you donate in-kind gifts, please consider a donation for postage to ship these items. One package costs $12 to ship. We are now using PayPal to accept your online donations (return to home page and click the PayPal Button).

Monetary donations are always welcome. We always use our donations wisely and a recent (Feb 2008) report based on calculations from our financial secretary reveals this breakdown: 

  • Direct Support to the Military = 78%
  • Administrative Expenses =      14%
  • Fundraising Expenses  =          7%

We are proud that this percentage of our expenses go to meet our sons and daughters' needs. You can learn more about charities and how they rate at www.charitynavigator.org.

Thank you very much for helping our troops know how much you support them.

 

REVISED ITEMS FOR TROOPS (based on actual troop suggestions)

We do not need books, magazines or tolietries at this time.

 Christmas / Holiday suggestions - Please note all holiday boxes are usually shipped by November 17 each year, giving the packages plenty of time to arrive! This deadline is per the US Postal Service. We continue to collect items to ship all through the year and these donations are always appreciated.

 

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE THESE ITEMS AT THIS TIME: HARD CANDY, PLAYING CARDS, GUM, MICROWAVE POPCORN, SOAP

 

OVERSEAS Troops' CARE PACKAGE & CHRISTMAS PACKAGE SUGGESTIONS
Christmas lights small boxes
Small plastic Christmas ornaments
Christmas Stockings filled with fun items

 

FOOD ITEMS:
Food / Snack Items individual sizes are the best
No Home-Baked Goods
No Perishable Foods
No Pork Products
Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Good Ground Coffees (Starbucks, Peets, Its A Grind, etc)
Creamer and sweetener and sugar packets
Flavor herbal or regular tea bags
Pre-sweetened powdered drink mixes (Crystal Light, Gatorade, etc.)
Hot Chocolate Packets
Hot Cider Packets
Tuna or Chicken Creations / Lunch Kits with condiments
Small plastic bowls to heat microwavable items
Pop Tarts, Breakfast Bars, Instant Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat packets
Granola Bars or Cereal Bars
Breath Mints
Fruit Snacks (roll ups or gushers)
Chocolate only between November and April
Girl Scout Cookies
Cup a Soup or Easy Mac (individual servings)
Nuts - small cans or packets

 

GROOMING SUGGESTIONS:
Good razors & shaving cream (for the guys & non aerosol)
Body wash or shampoo (small sizes)
DVDs (TV series, comedy movies, NO VHS tapes please)
Good quality boot socks for women and men
Boxer Type underwear - all sizes
Disposable Cameras
Batteries all sizes in original packaging especially Lithium 123 size for flashlights
Lady's underwear - small to medium sizes, 32” - 34” support bras

 

FUN ITEMS:
Hand held games or board games (small travel size)
Puzzles & word game books (small travel size)
Recent Tabloid magazines only (STAR, People, In Touch not older than 3 months!)
Squishy Balls, Squirt Guns, Velcro Darts, Nerf footballs, (any small sport type)

 

OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS
Zip Lock Baggies (snack and sandwich sizes)
Service men and women love getting any mail - even if it is just a letter with a funny photo or comic strip in it.
Office Depot or Staples Gift Cards to purchase office supplies to keep administration costs down.
Four to Five storage boxes to keep supplies clean. Size: 27-1/8” x 16” x 12-3/8”

 

Notes:
- Please do NOT send more microwave popcorn, hard candy or gum. I believe we have enough to feed all of Iraq.
- We also do NOT need anymore playing cards or bar soap.
- Please do NOT send alcohol or pornography It is illegal - soldiers can get in trouble.

 

Try www.MOTOMAIL.us if you have a military person's address. These letters arrive within a couple of days and are great to open right after a mission.

 PRAYERS were on almost every request. 

At this time, we are no longer accepting paperback books. 

ITEMS FOR HOSPITALIZED VETS

 Marked Hospital:

  • Tide Laundry Detergent ONLY (small boxes to store in hospital room)
  • Large Bath Sheet Towels (solid colors ONLY)
  • Swiffer refill pads
  • Albertsons Gift Cards (this store is within walking distance of the hospital)
  • Outback Steak House Gift Cards
  • Best Buy Gift Cards
  • Hooded Sweatshirts M, L, XL, 2XL sizes
  • Breakaway Pants - easier to dress with injuries. M, L, XL, 2XL
  • CDs and Held Electronic Games & Cartridges
  • Batteries all sizes
  • Athletic t-shirts: no sleeves - gray or black all sizes
  • New outer wear T-shirts (not underwear) all sizes
  • Zip-up, hooded sweatshirts - grey or black - all sizes
  • 120-minute prepaid phone cards
  • DVDs
  • Electronic Games & Players (hand held)
  • Puzzle Books
  • Cards of encouragement - marked “Injured Vet”

Donation Drop Off Locations:

Postal Solutions  *  4733 Torrance Blvd *  Torrance *(310) 371-7184

Ship 'N Mail Express * 1536 W 25th Street * San Pedro * (310) 514-8631

UPS Store * 1874 South Pacific Coast Highway (next to Longs Drugs) * Redondo Beach * (310) 792-1747

Coast Christian School * 525 Earle Lane (off 190th Street) * Redondo Beach * (310) 798-5668

American Legion Post 184  * 412 S Camino Real * Redondo Beach  CA  90277 * (310) 316-6718

 

Note: If you donate in-kind gifts, please consider a donation for postage to ship these items. One package costs  about $10 to ship. We are now using Paypal to accept online/credit card donations. See home page for donation area.

 

Contact:
Blue Star Mothers Chapter 5 Military Parents, South Bay, L.A. Contact Us