How can you help our nonprofit send care packages to some of the most remote of the roughly 250,000 U.S. military troops serving overseas in 2018?

1) Donate Financially - Our greatest need is cash for our mailing costs. With no paid staff, we strive to maximize the use of donations. We are a 501(c)(3) charity, so your gifts are tax deductible. We accept checks to Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011. You can donate via credit card through our Click and Pledge account.

2) Donate Goods - Our all-volunteer charity is based in the Dallas area, but receives product donations from across the USA for care packages for our Soldiers and Troops overseas. We kindly request that you contact us at support@airborneangelcadets.com before sending any care package goods.

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What is Requested

In our care packages to American troops in Afghanistan and other overseas posts, we send everything from sheets, towels, fans, food/snacks, socks, coffee, toiletries, games, DVD's, duct tape, batteries, extension cords, tools, bungee cords and converters.

Anything to make their stay a little easier and brighter and to help them feel the comforts of home.  Many of the females do not have access to feminine hygiene products. On occasion, soldiers may have access to PX (post exchange stores) type facilities, but often they do not carry a huge stock and supplies are often depleted.

What types of goods can you donate for soldiers care packages?
(Link to printable PDF list of Items Requested.)

NONFOOD ITEMS:
* DVDs, CDs, video games, power converters
* Socks - plain white or black for men & women (no logos), Thorlos
* Flip flops (for walking to shower facilities)- Not needed at this time
* Shoe insoles
* Towels - wash clothes, Blankets, Throws
* Black caps, Gloves, Underwear
* Foot powder, Baby powder, Deodorant (non aerosol)
* Insect repellant (non aerosol), Disinfectant
* BenGay, Bandaids, First aid kits, Q-tips, eye drops
* Over the counter pain reliever - Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Rolaids, Tums
* Air fresheners - (non aerosol or solid)
* Lip balm, Suntan Lotion, Moisturizing Lotion, Shampoo, Body Wash (12oz), bar soap is not needed
* Baby or adult wipes (showers aren't always available, soft refills - not hard cases)
* Batteries (AA and AAA are often requested), small flashlights
* Office supplies - Stationery, greeting cards (for soldiers to mail home to loved ones)
* Sporting goods (soccer balls, footballs, frisbees) - must fit into 19"x 13"x 10" box
* Feminine products - tampons - Not needed at this time
* Playing Cards, Puzzle Books
* Shave gel in a tube - NO CANS- Examples: Neutrogena, Cremo, Dove, Crew, etc.
* Razors, Eye Drops
* Used cell phones and inkjet cartridges (we can recycle and use the proceeds for postage)
* Single use laundry detergent (Tide Pods, etc.)
* Ziplock baggies (mostly quart size) - Not needed at this time
* Mechanic's gloves.
* Made in USA dog treats

FOODS: 
* Coffee - bags of instant or ground, 12 oz (no decaf please)
* Nuts (peanuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.), Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin) - Not needed at this time
* Candy - individually wrapped hard candy (Chocolates only from October through February), gum
* Tea - Hot Chocolate - Not needed at this time
* Microwavable Popcorn
* Snacks, Crackers - Not needed at this time
* Oatmeal
* Fruit, Canned Fruit (no cans that require can opener)
* Powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, Country Time lemonade, etc.) - Not needed at this time
* Rice Krispies Treats, Granola, protein bars and Snack bars -  Not needed at this time
* Lays Stax Chips, Pringles, shoestring potatoes in canisters. Not needed at this time
* Peanut Butter, Jif to Go, squeezable jelly/jam
* Hot sauce in plastic containers, Bean dip
* Foiled tuna packs
* Beef Jerky (Jack Links, Pemmican, Pecos Bill, Slim Jim, Oberto, etc.)
* Shelf-stable microwavable dinners


ITEMS TO AVOID:
* Cans that require a can opener.
* Items packed in glass bottles.
* Pork products (restricted by importing country).
* Chocolates (due to melting) ... except from October to February.
* No aerosol products.
* No homemade food products.
* No liquor, flammable-pressurized items, X-rated materials, tobacco.
* No mouthwash with alcohol content.
* No Ramen or noodle cups.
* No bagged snacks such as chips, Goldfish etc that can easily crush. Boxed snacks only.

WHAT ITEMS ARE MOST IN NEED:
We welcome any donations of the above products. But some of the items at the top of our wish list are:

1) Shave gel in a tube - NO CANS- Examples: Neutrogena, Cremo, Dove, Crew, etc.
2) Beef jerky
3) Hand warmers
4) Body wash (12 oz)
5) Lotions
6) Coffee - bags of instant or ground, 12 oz (no decaf please), Powdered creamer.
7) Lip balm
8) Foiled tuna packs
9) Peanut butter
10) Eye drops
11) Single use laundry detergent (Tide Pods, etc.)



The list is not meant to be comprehensive - just an outline of some items requested. Even simple things like "hooks, clotheslines and clothespins" to hang things in tents are seen as the greatest of gifts.

If you have some items to donate, we ask that you contact us before making any shipments to discuss the logistics. Thanks for your consideration.


You may email Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas at support@airborneangelcadets.com.