Free Care Packages in Support of our Female Troops!

San Diego March Care Package Drive

In partnership with Operation Courage is Beautiful, The Hotchkiss School sophomore Savannah Tennes is hosting a month-long care package item donation drive in various San Diego locations in support of our military personnel. New, unexpired, and unused items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunblock, hair ties, feminine hygiene products, recent magazines, books, make-up items, etc. may be dropped off at one of these addresses throughout the month of March:

Bellus Academy (Poway)
13266 Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064

Bellus Academy (El Cajon)
1073 E. Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92021

Bellus Academy (National City)
1520 E. Plaza Boulevard
National City, CA 91950

Shay Realtors
4S Ranch Community Hub
10550 Craftsman Way #184
San Diego, CA 92127

Thank you for your support!

Click here to nominate a recipient!


Current Donations in Need

January 8, 2014

We are in continued need of quite a few items! Please see the list below! Thank you in advance for your help!

Items must be NEW, UNUSED, UNEXPIRED, NON-HOTEL items. (Travel size or medium-sized recommended):

  • “Thank You for your Service” Notes
  • eye liner
  • mascara
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
Please send to our Director of Operations at:
c/o Casey Chan-Ruthenbeck
9871 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129

For particularly heavy items, the least expensive way to do so is via a large USPS flat-rate box, costing about $15.00. Discounts available online at

Thank you!


Letter from a Care Package Recipient


“Hello, thank you for the care package and for your support. This is my first deployment, so far so good. Sometimes it gets really lonely here without family and friends. Thank God we have people like you thinking about us. I decided to share my gifts with my 2 NCO’s… They have been so helpful, making sure I am ok and keeping my morale high. I attached pictures we were really excited….by the way you were on point with all the skin care products, Iraq is very dry and dusty oh yea and hot! Once again thank you for your appreciation.

Have A Blessed Day!
PFC Pamela R.”

Read more Responses and see more Photos from our Recipients!



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About Operation Courage is Beautiful

The mission of Operation Courage Is Beautiful is to show our appreciation for our courageous military servicewomen’s contribution and sacrifice by bringing a little joy and femininity to their service lives.

We ship care packages that contain a range of donated personal and beauty care items that are specifically geared towards women who are deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Through generous donations these care packages are provided for free to our troops.