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.)
* Socks - plain white or black for men & women (no logos), Thorlos
* Twin Sheets, Pillow Cases, Mattress pads
* Flip flops (for walking to shower facilities)
* Towels, Blankets, Throws
* Caps, Gloves, Underwear, Scarves
* Foot powder, Baby powder,, Deodorant (non aerosol)
* Insect repellant (non aerosol), Disinfectant
* Ankle - knee braces, BenGay, Bandaids, Gauze, First aid kits, Q-tips
* Air fresheners
* Lip balm, Suntan Lotion, Moisturizing Lotion, Soap, Shampoo, Body Wash
* Baby or adult wipes (showers aren't always available, soft refills - not hard cases)
* Batteries (AA and AAA are often requested), small flashlights, computer mouses
* Office supplies - Stationery, pens, greeting cards (for soldiers to mail home to loved ones)
* Sporting goods (soccer balls, footballs, frisbees)
* Feminine products - tampons
* Books, Playing Cards, Puzzle Books
* Shaving cream (non-aerosol), Razors, Eye Drops
* Used cell phones and inkjet cartridges (we can recycle and use the proceeds for postage)
* Phone Cards
* Single use laundry detergent (Tide Pods, etc.)
* Ziplock baggies (mostly quart size)
* Mechanic's gloves.
* Coffee - instant or ground (no decaf please)
* Nuts (peanuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.), Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
* Candy (Chocolates only from October through February), Caffeinated gum
* Tea - Hot Chocolate
* Microwavable Popcorn
* Snacks, Crackers
* Fruit, Granola and Snack bars, Canned Fruit (no cans that require can opener)
* Powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, Country Time lemonade, etc.)
* Lays Stax Chips, Pringles, Rice Krispies Treats, shoestring potatoes in canisters.
* Peanut Butter, Hot sauce in plastic containers, Bean dip
* Foiled tuna packs
* Beef Jerky (Jack Links, Pemmican, Pecos Bill, Slim Jim, Oberto, etc.)
* Dry soup mix
* Shelf-stable microwavable dinners, Mac'n'Cheese
* 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.
* No mouthwash with alcohol content.
1) Soft refill packs of baby wipes (preferred over hard plastic containers)
2) Beef jerky
3) Socks - plain white or black for men & women (no logos)
4) Body wash, shampoo, soap, foot powder, baby powder
6) Coffee - instant or ground (no decaf please), Powdered creamer.
7) Lip balm
8) Foiled tuna packs
9) Peanut butter
10) Razors, non-aerosol shaving cream
11) Single use laundry detergent (Tide Pods, etc.)
12) Nuts, seeds, crackers
13) Twin sheets (prefer dark colors), pillow cases
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.