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Products

We interviewed several women who are currently served or recently served, and they all agree that basic items for the rest of us actually mean so much to them. Items on their wishlist include the following:

  • deep conditioner, leave-in conditioners
  • flavored chapstick/lip balm
  • facial moisturizers and other skin care products
  • nice smelling soaps
  • nice smelling shampoos & conditioners
  • lipgloss/lipstick
  • eyeliner
  • mascara
  • facial masks
  • fashion/women’s magazines (within last 2 months)
  • romance/drama/comedy novels (please avoid death and violent types)
  • manicure/pedicure items like nail files, nail clippers, nail buffers, cuticle pushers, nail brushes
  • sunblock
  • feminine hygiene products
  • blank postcards and nice stationery
  • Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags
  • Shipping Tape
  • Thank you notes/letters to the Servicemembers

BASED ON OUR AVAILABLE SUPPLY AT THIS TIME (2015):

DO NOT send the following: Soap/body wash, lotion, sunblock, chapstick,  storage bags.

We DO need the following:  sanitary napkins/tampons, shampoo/conditioner, mascara/eyeliner, nail care products, hair ties, current magazines or activity books, manicure/pedicure items, stationery, packing tape.

 

strategic-fundraising

 

Requirements: We accept donated items that are new, not expired, unused and never opened.  Hotel-labelled items are not accepted.  Due to USPS shipping restrictions, we cannot accept hazardous or highly flammable materials, including aerosols and perfumes.  Food items should be self-contained, non-perishable and resistant to high heat degradation.

 

Write a thank you note/letter to a servicemember
Write several “Dear Soldier” notes/letters to a servicemember. Artwork is a great option for kids! Include your name, mailing address or email address. This is a great way to get a response from a servicemember. Do not seal the envelope as all notes will be inspected for appropriateness. We do not recommend writing dated material, such as for holidays, as they may not be received in time.

 

Shipment

Ship your donations to us for inclusion in our care packages.

Packaging: it is best to pack bottles upright to avoid leakage.  Packing items in very large boxes is likely to result in leakage. Please wrap all liquid products separately from dry items in plastic bags.

Shipping Costs: For small but heavy packages, USPS flat rate shipping may be the best option. For larger packages, consider shipping using brown boxes, ground.  UPS and FEDEX may be a good option if processed through a contract with your business/organization.

Send Donations to:

OCIB
9921 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129

For large bulk donations, please contact us directly to make arrangements.  Email us at contact@operationcourage.org.

Product Donation Form
  • Complete this form to notify us of your donation and to receive a confirmation receipt of donation once donation is received and processed.
  •   Deliver in Person
      USPS
      UPS
      FEDEX
      Other
  • Upon receipt and processing of your donation, we will email you a confirmation of receipt which should be printed and saved for tax deduction purposes.

    Operation Courage is Beautiful serves under our fiscal agent, the VFW Post 3787, a 501(c)19 veterans’ organization with group number 1416 and Federal Tax ID # 95-2452280, in which donations are tax deductible according to IRS code 7.25.19.6.

 

Care packages are packaged and shipped to our troops for FREE by Operation Courage is Beautiful.
Nominate a servicemember by submitting a nomination form.