Make a package for a servicewoman.  Get the package in the hands of Operation Courage is Beautiful, and we will forward it to a deployed service woman who is waiting for a package.  This is an option for those who wish to do more than send us donations.

Follow these directions:

1. Get a large flat rate box from the US Postal Service.  
2. Tape the bottom of the box, using the “H” pattern so that every edge is sealed with clear 2″ wide packing tape.  Make sure all tape is firmly sealed to the boxes, with no hanging tags.
Optional: Decorate the inner flaps of the box.  Use patriotic/women’s-themed decorations with patterns, print-outs, stickers, etc.. Make sure all glue and paint/ink is dry before proceeding.  
3. Put all items in the box neatly.  Place all liquids in sealed ziploc bags in case of leakage.  You may seal the top of bottles closed with tape as needed.  Heavy items should be placed on bottom.  *See accepted items and requirements in list below.
4. Place pads and tampons in a sealed small sandwich or quart sized ziploc bag.  All items should be individually wrapped and sealed.
5. Place your handwritten cards of thanks and encouragement on the top.  Please do not seal the cards in envelopes as we will be expecting these for appropriateness.  You may leave your email address/mailing address- the service members often times respond.  🙂  We encourage children to write notes and make artwork as well!
 6. Before closing the box, the box should be filled to the top with the products, but not so that the box bulges when closed.  Use packing peanuts so that the box does not have empty space.  Tissue paper may be used at the top for decorative purposes.
7. Finally, seal the top of the box using the “H” pattern as mentioned before.  Please make sure all tape is firmly sealed to the boxes, with no hanging tags.
8.  Mail or deliver the package to:

OCIB
9921 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129

Postage may be purchased online via the US Postal Service at a discount.  (Free account required)  You may also place the box in another box with proper packing materials and ship through your preferred shipping company.  (We apologize we cannot provide recipient names and mailing addresses as they are provided to us in privacy.)

OCIB will inspect the package for completeness and appropriateness.  In addition to your note, we will be including our card stating the package came through Operation Courage is Beautiful.

 9.   Support us with a donation to cover shipping costs.  Each package costs us $17 to ship to the servicewoman.  This may be sent to us via check made out to “OCIB.”  Please send to the same address above in a separate envelope. You may also make a donation via PayPal.  

 

Accepted Items

  • shampoo (nice smelling women’s)
  • conditioner (nice smelling women’s)
  • leave-in deep conditioner/argan oil
  • body wash (nice smelling women’s)
  • body scrubs/foot scrubs
  • loofahs
  • shower caps
  • bar soap (nice smelling women’s)
  • face wash
  • eye cream
  • facial moisturizers
  • facial masks
  • facial/baby/disinfecting wipes
  • hand/body lotion
  • aloe vera gel
  • lanolin/aquaphor/vaseline
  • sunscreen
  • women’s magazines/activity books (within last 6 months)
  • books (not disturbing/horror/murder)
  • stationery (e.g. greeting cards)
  • chapstick/lip balm
  • lip gloss/lipstick
  • mascara
  • eyeliner
  • blush/eye shadow
  • hair ties
  • bobby pins
  • nail clippers, nail files, cuticle pushers
  • tampons/pads (individually wrapped)
  • ethnic hair products
  • disposable razors
  • deodorant
  • baby powder
  • toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • small tissue packs
  • small packs of cotton swabs
  • nail brush
  • gum/mints
  • Starbucks coffee or similar
  • flavored teas/drink powder mixes
  • hard candies

Requirements

All items must be:

  • new
  • not used
  • not damaged
  • not expired (toiletries or food)
  • not hotel-labelled items
  • not flammable such as aerosols/perfumes/alcohols
  • not degrade due to high heat environment e.g. chocolate
  • All liquids should be enclosed in sealed ziploc bag

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