Operation: Support Our Troops – Contains various resources to help communicate and support the troops
YourMilitary.com Military Communities – Resources for sending care packages and emails to the troops.
Hearts Across the Miles – Resource for sending items and letters to the troops
Books for Soldiers
Operation MOM - Providing support to all branches of service from friends and family of active active military personnel. Also serves as a support group for friends and family of military personnel.
USO Family and Friends Resource Directory
Tropical Yarns – Directions to make a knitted helmet liner.
Sock Monkey Ministries, Inc. - Providing stuffed sock monkeys to military troops to let them know they are not forgotten.
Sew Much Comfort - Provides custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to injured service members.
Bev’s Troops Hat - Provides a pattern for a basic troop cap and a link to find out where to send them to make sure they get to the troops.
VFW:: Operation Uplink – Enables military personnel and hospitalized veterans to communicate with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free VFW Operation Uplink phone card.
Operation Support Our Troops – Providing varied resources to help support the military and their families.
Sending Messages To The Military
To Our Soldiers
I Support Our Troops
EmailOurMilitary.com – Supporting our military, one email at a time.
Manhattanville College My Soldier
Angels ‘n Camouflage (Note: Music will play when this site launches)
Jewish Pen Pals
Christian Pen Pals
Have A Heart/Adpot A Soldier Organization
Watersorb - Directions on making a cool neck bands.
The Hugs Project – They work to provide handmade items and care packages to troops serving in the Middle East.
Move America Forward – Send cookies and gourmet coffee to the troops
Soldiers' Angels - Provides resources, links, and information on how you can help soldiers.
Yellow Ribbon America – Their mission is to unite America in giving direct help and support to our nation's military and their families in their local communities.
Operation Homefront - Provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home.
Move America Forward - Team Freedom - Supporting Masonic Troops and their families through the dual support of the MTSP and MMSF.
National Military Appreciation Month – Providing resources to help our deployed service members.
Sending Packages To The Military
USPS Tips for keeping in touch with our troops overseas.
Operation Shoebox – Supporting our troops by sending care packages to our US Combat servicemen and women.
Operation Gratitude – Help send care packages to the troops.
Operation AC – Help send supplies to the troops.
Operation Military Pride – Send care packages to deployed military members.
Operation USO Care Package – Help send a care package to deployed armed forces personnel.
O.I. Operation Independence - Their goal is to provide each service man or woman, in each platoon or fighting unit, a treat and a note from home once a month during their entire regular scheduled deployment, serving as civilian-to-military delivery system® that will not disrupt training or mission of our fighting forces.
United States Postal Service ‘Mil-Kit” for Shipping Items to Deployed Service Members
The Postal Service has created a special "kit" that contains the necessary mailing materials based on the most popular items ordered to send care packages to the troops. Families/supporters of deployed personnel can order these kits by calling 1-800-610-8734 [option 1, option1] and requesting "CAREKIT04". The kits will be sent by Parcel Post and will generally be delivered within 7-10 days. The kit contains 10 Priority Mail boxes, five "Mili-Pacs," one roll of Priority Mail tape, and 10 customs forms with envelopes. Mili-Pacs, developed with the Military Postal Service Agency, are Tyvek envelopes with Old Glory on one side and feature detailed addressing information. It is encouraged that this process be followed for all mail destined for military units overseas.
The address block on the Mili-Pac accommodates service member's full name, rank or rating, military organization or unit, APO/FPO with 9-digit ZIP Code. All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations. All military units are assigned an APO or FPO ZIP code and in many cases that ZIP Code travels with the unit. The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines and military service aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible.
There is no charge for the kit. The kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1 -800-610-8734 or making request at your local post office. The kit can be shipped to any APO/FPO in the world regardless of weight, for $8.10. All packages and mail must be addressed to an individual service member.
Faith Based Resources
Military Ministry – Support military ministries by sending Bibles.
Adopt-a-Chaplain - a Christ-centered ministry that is dedicated to supporting our troops through the ministries of chaplains.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – Providing spiritual support.
Prayercentral - Supporting the troops with daily intercession.
Hope Coming Ministries - Support for deployed and returning men and women and their families.
Baghdad Prayer Patrol - Daily prayer for the troops, police, and people of Baghdad.
Jewish Chaplians Council - A site for support of Jewish Chaplains in combat.
Military Ministry - Resources for churches to help support the troops
Christian Support For Our Troops - Providing spiritual resources and by ministering directly to soldiers and their families.
Rapid Deployment Kits - Providing spiritual resources for our troops (Campus Crusade for Christ International).
Military.com US Coast Guard Chaplains – Unit site for the US Coast Guard Chaplains
CatholicMil.org – Resources for Catholics in the military, Catholic pen pals, and opportunity to donate Bibles.
Items you can send - not inclusive of all. Please add allowed items
to this if you know they are allowed. Porn & Pork are two nono's
Chips Ahoy cookies, individual packages. (Big bags often fill with dust if not eaten right away.)
Other kinds of cookies!!
Pasta and sauce
Smoked oysters and sardines
Macaroni & cheese
Olives, pickles, peppers (lots of bubble wrap around these items)
Microwave pasta that doesn't need refrigeration
Hot cocoa mix
Koozies to keep water bottles and cans cool.
Air freshener, stick-ups, Fabreeze
Holiday cards and an address book with names & addresses
Canned air to blow dust out of electronics
Stress relief squeeze balls
Lysol wipes /wet wipes
Shoe laces for gym shoes and boots
Inflatable seat cushions
Word Puzzle books
Air activated heat wraps for sore muscles
Microwaveable plates and bowls, paper plates
Mailing packages to a military address (such as APO or FPO) won't cost
you a fortune. The postal service doesn't charge international rates for
Don't send chocolate; it melts. Inquire before sending items that need a microwave or other kitchen equipment to prepare; many soldiers don't have access to these in the field. For example, instant coffee and tea bags are safer than a can of coffee.
Military Post Office Location List (MPOLL)Download as PDF document (197 K) This updated list is reissued under the authority of DoD Directive 4525.6, "Single Manager for Military Postal Service"
References: a. Title 39, United States Code, Section 3401(a).