We are a volunteer, donation based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Unlike most other generic care packages, our care packages include products that are of high quality and geared specifically toward women. All of our care packages are free.
In the past the US Postal Service allowed the public to send care packages to “any soldier.” Due to increased security measures, this is not the case anymore. So OCIB gives the public the opportunity to support servicemembers despite this restriction. First collecting the names and addresses of servicemembers requesting care packages, OCIB then packages and ships donated items from the public to the requesting servicemembers.
How do I get a care package sent out? ▼
Submit a nomination for a care package on our website http://www.operationcourage.org/nominate or send us a completed nomination form via snail mail. This form is downloadable from our http://www.operationcourage.org/nominate page or http://www.facebook.com/operationcourage page. The recipient must be an overseas deployed individual stationed at an APO/FPO address. We must receive the recipients full name, complete deployment address, and time period of deployment so that we can ensure their receipt of the package.
Who is eligible to receive a care package? ▼
We will ship a care package designed for women to any service member who is currently deployed overseas, located at an APO/FPO address, and has had someone submit a request via our website or otherwise to provide us the recipient’s mailing address and deployment information. This information is held in strict privacy.
I am a soldier. Can I get a care package for myself? ▼
Of course! Thank you for your service. Just give us your deployment address and deployment dates via our website or snail mail. http://www.operationcourage.org/nominate. Forms can be found off the same webpage or on our facebook site http://www.facebook.com/operationcourage. Note that we do not send packages to non-APO/FPO addressed.
When can I expect the care package to be received? ▼
Packages are shipped according to our calendar, while during the holidays they may be more frequent. Although the packages are shipped this often, it may take a few weeks or longer for the servicemember to actually receive the package due to the often times difficult shipment destination.
What is included in an OCIB care package? ▼
Our care packages contain a wide assortment of products that may include: facial care products, sunblock, lotion, soap/body wash, makeup, nail care items, wipes, hand sanitizer, lipstick/lipgloss, lip balm/chapstick, women’s magazines, books, and more. The selection depends on availability. Unlike most other generic care packages, our care packages include products that are of high quality and geared specifically toward women. All of our care packages are free for the recipient.
What kind of product, in-kind donations do you take? ▼
We take new, unused, non hotel-labelled and non-flammable personal care items that are geared toward women. We also take unused note cards, postcards, books and magazines and non-perishable snacks/foods/powdered drinks. We also greatly appreciate any “thank you soldier” letters/notes.*
Yes, Operation Courage is Beautiful is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization in which donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID# 47-4812161. Tax exempt letter available upon request.
How can I get a donation receipt to my customers? ▼
Donation receipts are issued upon submission of our donation receipt request form and once the donation is received and processed by OCIB. Processing of donations occurs on the event days shown on our calendar.
I am about to send a package to OCIB. How can I be sure when you receive it? ▼
Request a receipt. Once we receive the package and process the package, which may take up to 2-3 weeks after our next event as shown on our calendar, we will e-mail you to confirm receipt of the package.
Why don't you accept hotel-labelled items? ▼
Although hotel-labelled items are often good quality items, we prefer to send name brand items in our care packages. We see our care packages as gifts to our servicemembers, and based on our research, they prefer the items that are not hotel-labelled.
What items do you need donated for the care packages at this time? ▼
Our current needs will be posted on our Donate Item page.
How can we get names of female servicemembers to send care packages to?▼
Because OCIB collects the names and addresses of female servicemembers with an agreement to retain their privacy, we are unable to share their information.
How can I get my donations to OCIB? ▼
You may make a local drop-off or ship individual donations to:
9921 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129
Monetary donations are accepted by mail or via our online site through paypal or crowdrise.
Bulk donations (more than 5 boxes) should be arranged prior to shipment by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the cheapest way to ship donated items to OCIB for inclusion in the care packages? ▼
For small but heavy-weight individual donations, USPS offers flat rate boxes. These may cost up to $17 and are cheaper when purchased online. For other weight boxes, USPS offers other options that are likely to be cheaper. UPS and FEDEX may also be an affordable option when contracted with your business/organization. Books should be sent via USPS Media Mail.
You should also encourage people to donate funds through our website or via check. Purchasing products online and having them shipped to us may also be a great option.
How can I receive a response from the care package recipients? ▼
In order to protect the privacy and ensure the security of our servicewomen, we do not release any care package recipient contact information. Instead, we highly encourage people to hand write several unsealed thank-you notes to our servicewomen. Include your name and mailing address or email address. Very often the servicewomen will respond to these notes when included in the care packages. Send these letters/notes to us at:
9921 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129
How do I know if an individual or organization is legitimately collecting donations for OCIB? ▼
Because our method of collections in nationwide through our volunteer network, it is very difficult for OCIB to verify the “trustworthiness” of every organization or individual who does work for our benefit. We do, however, have our list of strategic fundraisers.
Please do not ever donate money to any individual you are not familiar with who claims to be working on behalf of OCIB. If you are ever in doubt, make a direct donation to our organization through our website or by snail mail.