Military Adoptions

You can adopt an Angel from the Salvation Army, and now you can adopt someone who is serving overseas in the military.

I’ve done this for the past couple of years and it’s so much fun. First, I start out with a letter thanking them. When my dad was overseas he loved getting letters, cards, anything to read to pass the time. Include some of your favorite inspirational quotes, too. These men and women may be tough, but they all need a little encouragement and a reminder that what they are doing is important. And we are thankful.

Operation Care Packages is the program that helps facilitate the donations. Here’s a list of a few ideas to include in your package:

Cards & letters of support to ‘any hero’

Hot Chocolate & Hot Cider Packets

Cookies (small individual packs)

Chocolate bars & kisses

Batteries – AA & AAA

Hand held games, dvds and cds

Sweat pants and blanket throws

Socks – Mens – white /black – work /crew

Summer sausage, beef sticks or pepperoni sticks (6oz to 12oz size)

Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Nuts (individual sizes)

Small Christmas trees – 8 to 18 inches tall

Zip lock bags (quart and gallon size)

Popcorn balls / Carmel corn

Phone cards 120 min AT&T

Little Stockings (Approx 10-16 inches tall x 5-6 inches wide)

Hand made ornaments (no glass please)

All donations should be sent to:
Operation Care Package
611 Wilcox Street Joliet,
Illinois 60435

For more information about Operation Care Packages, click here.


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