Most Popular ITEMS REQUESTED BY OUR TROOPS
Please contact your Nearest Branch
to coordinate donations drives, drop-off dates or other shipping arrangements. LARGE shipments or pallets of items need to be scheduled ahead of time. This list is designed specifically for troops registered with our organization and may not be copied or distributed without our permission.
IMPORTANT: March 2014 Update
DONORS OUTSIDE OF CONNECTICUT: AT THIS TIME WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT DONATED ITEMS (IN-KIND DONATIONS) AS WE LACK THE FUNDING FOR SHIPPING. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE A WAREHOUSE FULL OF WONDERFUL DONATED ITEMS. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO HELP US PAY THE POSTAGE TO SHIP WHAT ITEMS WE ALREADY HAVE. THANK YOU!
OUR MISSION IS TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO DEPLOYED TROOPS. THAT'S OUR FOCUS. When you give us qualified items for our troops, rest assured we will see that your contribution WILL benefit ONLY deployed troops. We do NOT deviate from that policy. Qualified items are listed below.
Give2TheTroops will NOT sell or use your gifts. Rather, we act as your agent to ensure that your gifts get to those YOU want to help - our troops in combat and disaster-relief areas.
Due to our Policies and Regulations, we CANNOT ACCEPT these items:
GLASS BOTTLES or GLASS JARS
AEROSOL CANS, AEROSOL SPRAYS or any PRESSURIZED CANNISTERS
CANDLES, LIGHTERS, MATCHES or LIGHTER FLUID HOTEL pr AIRLINE SAMPLES
VHS TAPES, CASSETTE TAPES CONTRABAND ITEMS (live plants, tobacco, alcohol, knives, nudity, etc.)
BOOKS or MUSIC CDS (iTunes® is commonly used now)
PRESCRIPTIONS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING THOSE FOR CANINES) USED OR STAINED CLOTHING, LINENS, TOILETRIES, ETC.
For security and sanitary reasons, please leave all items in their original packages.
When purchasing items, please choose the latest expiration date possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and support!
Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese & Crackers - Small Packs
Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll-Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)
MICROWAVE FOOD (Chef-Boy-R-Dee, stews, etc.)
COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. - Febrauary only!)
Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)
Little Debbies & Hostess cake products
Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
Caffeinated energy gum or candy (to stay alert)
TOILETRIES:NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
(Note: Some troops have allergies & need Brand Name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues and/or sells toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home & items they miss ... not free samples.) -
Update October, 2013:
Connecticut Branch only needs these toiletries: Chapstick, Tissues, and Shaving Cream in tubes.
Lip Balm / Chap Stick / Carmex / Blistex
Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
Combs / Brushes / Bobby Pins (in original packaging, please)
Deodorant (travel size)
Shaving Cream in Tubes / Shaving Soap(No CANS of Shaving Cream!)
Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
Mouthwash (travel size)
Breath Mints / Breath Strips
Lozenges / Cough Drops
Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs
Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
Feminine Hygiene Products
Moleskin & Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets (Please check expiration dates)
Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
Vitamins (These are always needed. Please check expiration dates)
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS:
iTunes® Gift Cards (Top request!)
DVD Movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!)
Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (new or used)
Board Games (Top request!)
Computer Flash Drives & Camera Memory Cards
Portable CD players / head phones
Electronic handheld games
Small homemade gifts - reminders & comforts of "home"
Small photographs or posters of scenery for their tents & walls
Small crafts kits, scrap-booking items
Day planners / Small, Pocket Calendars sent in Dec. & Jan.
Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
Yo-Yo's, Dominoes, Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!)
Dust masks, carpentry tools,
Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug repellent in plastic pump bottles only - NOAEROSOL or PRESSURIZED CANS.
Gun cleaning supplies (lube) such as Militec-1 & CLP
Alarm Clocks(Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
Small, portable heaters & fans(110 voltage okay)
Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids (for Coffee, Soup, etc)
Coffee Makers & Filters (110 voltage okay)
Coffee Bean Grinders - small (electric or battery-operated)
Microwave Ovens (55 pounds max; 110 voltage okay)
Hot Pots - Small
Elixir & Water Purification Tablets for Camelbaks
Combat Application Tourniquets (black only)
Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings(recent, please)
Musical Instruments requested (please contact us before sending)
T-SHIRTS: Cotton green & tan under shirts - new (Sizes: M, L & XL) [Note: The DOD banned "Under-Armor" shirts due to its material being potentially flammable & bad reactions to open wounds.]
SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)
K-9 items: Dog chew sticks,, toys, shampoo, flea collars, harnesses, etc. (Note: CLICK HERE to see our restrictions and guidelines if you wish to donate items to the dogs. Thank you.)
CARDS&LETTERS: The troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days! These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing! consider making a patriotic banner or poster to send inside one of our care packages! Note: Our troops do not need stamps as they're in war zones & may send mail home to their loved ones at no charge, but our branches can always use stamps to mail correspondence.
Marine LCpl. Jon Michael Turne
r thanks us for the Xbox system
& games we sent. (Fallujah, Iraq)
Iraqi children thank us for the gifts
we sent them.
Sgt. Michael Loston gives an Iraqi
girl donated supplies at a school in
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army
Army soldiers in Afghanistan going
through one of the boxes we sent.
Marines in Fallujah, Iraq thank us
for their care packages.
Soldiers in Iraq thank us for their
Soldiers thank us for their treats.
A Marine in Iraq with one of our
SSgt. Paul Barentine and "Kisma" thank us for the human & canine gifts.
Two G2TT recipients! Our K-9's
appreciate the support as do their
Pennsylvania donors from St. Andrews Church Host A "Block Party" Fundraiser For Give2TheTroops!
PLEASE HELP We need
donations to send our care packages. Our funds are low and we
have more than 60,000 troops waiting for our help. The packages are ready to ship, we
need your financial support to ship them.
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