Suggested Items

The donations received through Operation Community Cares go directly to the Service People that are a part of our network.

Here are a few of the items that can be donated:

BIGGEST REQUESTS ARE FOR

* HOT SAUCE
* ZIP LOCK BAGS
* BABY WIPES (Gallon Size)

FOOD, SNACKS AND DRINKS:

* SLIM JIM’S / BEEF JERKEY
* COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip. Ground is preferred)
* POWDER DRINK MIX (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
* SUNFLOWER SEEDS & PUMPKIN SEEDS
* TUNA & CHICKEN SALAD (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
* PROTEIN POWDER & PROTEIN BARS
* Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
* Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz
* Gum / Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped in large bags)
* Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars / Cliff Bars
* Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese & Crackers – Small Packs
* Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll-Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
* DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / Cup-O-Soup: just add water)
* NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)
* MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, Chef-Boy-R-Dee, Mac’n’Cheese…)
* COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. – Feb. only!)
* Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)
* Little Debbies® & Hostess® cake products
* Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
* Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
* Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
* Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)

TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!

(Note: Some troops have allergies & need Brand Name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home & items they miss … not free samples.)

* BABY WIPES (travel size)
* HAND SANITIZER (travel size)
* Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
* Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
* Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
* Combs / Brushes
* Deodorant (travel size)
* Razors (disposable or “Intuition” or “Mach 3” types)
* Chapstick
* Baby Powder & Foot Powder (travel size)
* Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)
* Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
* Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
* Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
* Mouthwash (travel size)
* Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss
* Breath Mints / Breath Strips
* Lozenges / Cough Drops
*  Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths
* Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
* Feminine Hygiene Products
* Qtips
* Cotton Balls
* Band-aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits / Ace bandages, Icy Hot
* Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
* Alleve, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets
* Eye Drops
* Nasal Spray
* Vitamins

* ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS:

* BATTERIES: (AA, AAA, C & 9 Volt are the most requested)
* DVD Movies (new or used – recent releases only, please!)
* iTunes® Gift Cards
* Small homemade gifts – reminders & comforts of “home”
* Small photographs or posters of scenery for their walls
* Pens & mechanical pencils, small notepads
* Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home
* Double-sided tape, small crafts kits, scrapbooking items
* Day planners / Calendars / Small, Pocket Calendars
* Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
* Yo-Yo’s, Dominoes, Playing Cards (new), Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
* Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers – travel size is great, too!)
* Nerf Footballs / Whiffle bats, balls & Mitts / Sports equipment
* Frisbees / Hackey sacks
* Music CDs, Magazines & Books

* OTHER:

* T-SHIRTS: Cotton green & tan under shirts – new (Sizes: M, L & XL)
FLASHLIGHTS – SMALL (battery operated.)
* AIR FRESHENERS (standalone- not plug-ins. Car types)
* SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)
* Small toys (Beanie babies) & school supplies for Iraqi & Afghan children
* Patriotic knick-knacks, USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners.
* Generic sunglasses (Ballistic, black only. No “mirrored” types)
* Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
* Black or Green duct tape, small tool kits, dust masks, carpentry tools,
* Winter Hats (Yes, it does get cold! Hand knitted hats are welcome!)
* Water Bottles & Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids, (for Coffee, Tea & Soup)
* Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings
* Holiday and Seasonal Decorations

* CARDS & LETTERS:

The troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days!  These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing! Consider making a patriotic banner or poster to send inside one of our care packages!

You can also make cash donations to O.C.C. Please send us an email to let us know if you’d like to help in another way!

Thank you in advance for your generosity!