We wholeheartedly accept and appreciate donations of products for inclusion in our care packages.  While we have our general list of products included in our care packages, this is not necessarily our need at this time.  Please see our list below and make sure that all products donated meet our requirements.

In addition, please consider making a monetary donation to support the shipment of these packages.  Without postage funds, these products will not reach their intended recipients.  Each care package weighing approximately 8 lbs. costs $17 to ship.

**OCIB has the sole discretion to determine the suitability of any and all product donations to be included in our care packages. Product donations that do not meet OCIB’s care package criteria may be re-directed in any manner deemed necessary by OCIB.

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Please DO NOT collect the following:

  • body wash
  • body lotion
  • face wipes
  • hand cream/lotion
  • face wash/exfoliators/acne wash
  • sunscreen

NOTE: Please do NOT donate flammable items (e.g. fragrances, nail polish, hand sanitizer) as these items cannot be shipped.

Please DO collect the following: 

  • tampons/sanitary napkins (individually wrapped)
  • chapstick/lip balm
  • makeup (mascara, eyeliner, lip color)
  • nail care products (nail clippers, nail files, cuticle pushers)
  • facial moisturizers/face masks
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • ethnic hair products (not flammable)
  • leave-in conditioner
  • loofahs
  • hair ties (not scrunchies)
  • bobby pins
  • small packets of tissue
  • small packets of cotton swabs
  • books (not horror, psychological thrillers, murder stories)
  • stationery (e.g. greeting cards)
  • Other: deodorant, disposable razors, dental floss
  • Fun stuff: fragrant candles (no glass), women’s socks, 2″ massage balls (not electric)
  • Notes of thanks and words of encouragement  (see below for guidelines)
  • Children’s artwork
  • large rolls of packaging tape
  • $17 per package for postage



Donated items must be 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.  Anything made of glass should be individually wrapped in bubble wrap or a secure box.  We accept women’s and leisure magazines if issued within the last 6 months.  Women’s oriented books must not be gory or disturbing in nature.

To save on shipping costs, you may also purchase from our Amazon Wishlist or your favorite online retailer!

OCIB Amazon Wishlist

Have Amazon or other online retailer mail donations to:
9921 Carmel Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92129

“Thank you for your Service” Notes

Write several “Thank you for our Service” notes/letters to a service member.  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 service member.

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.

Please help us by asking those participating to donate to OCIB as well to support postage costs.  Each care package costs us $16 to ship.


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

  1. Packaging: it is best to pack bottles upright and avoid crushing to avoid leakage.  Packing items in very large boxes is likely to result in leakage and damage to contents. Please wrap all liquid products separately from dry items in freezer ziploc bags.  The box used should be taped on all open seams, i.e. in a H fashion.
  2. Package Slip:  In each box you are donating, include a sheet of paper with your name, mailing address, and email address.  We will add your email address to our newsletter so you know where and how your donations are making a difference.  We may also mention your organization/business’ name regarding your donation.  (If you would not like to be added to our newsletter mailing list or mentioned, please clearly state this in your note.)
  3. Shipping:   We encourage you to compare pricing from USPS, UPS and FEDEX.   If you are shipping through USPS, note that when you purchase postage online, there is a discount.

Send Donations to:

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.

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