SUPPORT OUR U.S. TROOPS
DONATE TO A
“U.S. TROOP CARE PACKAGE”

The following is a list of suggested items that
"U.S. Troop Care Package"
currently needs to send to our U.S. Troops.



PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
Travel Sizes Only, No Aerosols, and Nothing That Will Melt

THINK CAMPING!
Troops have little storage and must carry 50 lb + in gear.
The smaller the items the better.

Baby Wipes
(Used for bathing in lieu of showers)

Laundry Soap
(Small Single-Load Packs, Trial Sizes, or 'Tablets')

Liquid, Bar, or Waterless Soap

Shampoo, Conditioner

Lotion
(Tube Only)
(For rough, dry skin)

Sunblock, Aloe Vera

Hand Sanitizer

Liquid Body Wash
(Used also for shaving)

Deodorant
(Roll-On or Gel Only)

Shaving Cream
(Non-Aerosol Only)

Eye Drops
(Relieves irritation from sand)

Saline Spray/Drops
(Sensitive nasal passages)

Kleenex
(Individual Packs)

Toilet Paper
(1” x 4”)

Q-Tips
(Travel Packs)
(Used to clean ears and guns)

Feminine Hygiene Products, Tampax

Disposable Razors
(2-5 Pack)

Baby Powder,  Foot Powder
(Used on  body and in boots to keep dry)

Dr. Scholls Moleskin
(Pads for sore feet)

Blistex, Vaseline, Carmex
(Squeeze Tube)

Toothpaste, Toothbrush

Mouthwash

Dental Floss/Picks

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

MAG Lite (Flashlight), Bulbs and Batteries

Insect Repellent (Deet)
(Pump Action Only)

Hand Warmers

Writing Paper, Envelopes, Pens

Games and Puzzles (Hand Held)

DVD’s and CD’s
(Movies and Music)

FOOD ITEMS
Travel Sizes Only, No Aerosols, No Pork,
and Nothing That Will Melt

Chips - Doritos, Pringles, Corn and Potato Snacks
(2-3 oz. Plastic Containers or Individual Snack Packs)

Dips
(9 oz. Plastic Containers or Cans)

Trail Mix, Poppycock, Butter Toffee (Popcorn)
(7-8 oz. Snack Packs)

Crackers, Cookies, Power Bars
(12 oz. or Individual Snack Packs)
(Cheese and Crackers, Peanut Butter and Crackers)
(No Chocolate)

Cereal
(Individual Boxes or Plastic Cups)

Cheese
(Plastic Squeeze Container)

Fruit and Nuts
(6-8 oz. Dried or Canned Snack Packs)
Apricots, Bananas, Cherries, Mixed Fruit,
Peaches, Pineapple, Rasins)

Pudding, Jell-O
(Squeeze Tube or Snack Packs)

Soups
(15 oz. Plastic Containers)
(Campbell’s Soup at Hand)

Lasagna, Ravioli, Spaghetti, Mac & Cheese, Chili,
Beef Stew, Chicken n’ Dumplins, Noodles & Chicken
(7-15 oz. Plastic Containers)
(Chef Boyardee/Nalleys)

Chicken, Turkey,  Salmon, Tuna
(7 oz. Easy Open Packs)
(Chicken of the Sea/Bumble Bee)

Powdered Drinks
(1-2 oz. Plastic Containers)
(Chrystal Light, Kool Aid, Country Time, Smuckers, Capri Sun)

Spices
(Sweet, Sour, Spicy, etc. - Tabasco, Season Salt)
Sugar (Packs) and Creamers)
(MRE’s – (Meals Ready to Eat)
become bland (boring) over time and need flavoring)

Gum, Lifesavers, Hard Candy

PROJECT WALTER REED, PROJECT BALAD, PROJECT ALI AL SALEM, KUWAIT, AND OPERATION COMFORT
"PROJECT WALTER REED," "PROJECT BALAD," and PROJECT ALI AL SALEM, KUWAIT

“U.S. Troop Care Package,” on behalf of
"Project Walter Reed," "Project Balad," and Project Ali Al Salem, Kuwait is asking for donations for the following items to mail to soldiers hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and to those soldiers who have been wounded in action and who are being treated at Balad, Iraq and at Ali Al Salem, Kuwait:

Sweatpants-Men
(size large – 2X)
Sweatpants-Women
(size medium – large)

Shorts
(with elastic waistbands. i.e. swim trunks,
to wear with hospital gowns so their
back sides aren’t hanging out)

(size 30, 32, 34, 36, 38)

White T-Shirts
(size medium - Xlarge)

Shirts
(with 3 buttons at the neck for those
with a trachea tube)

(size large – Xlarge)

Underwear-Men
(size 30, 32, 34, 36, 38)
Underwear-Women
(size 5 - 8)
Sports Bras-Women
(size 32 - 38)

White Tube Socks
(one size fits all)

Slippers (rubberized soles)

Toiletry Bags
(with handles or loops to make it easier
to carry for those with crutches or walkers)

Toiletries (See “Personal Care Items”)

Snacks (See “Food Items”)

Writing Materials, Games, Movies and Music (See “Miscellaneous Items”)

“OPERATION COMFORT”

“U.S. Troop Care Package,” “Operation Comfort,” sends pillows to our deployed U.S. Troops and needs help from the community with the following:

MATERIAL and THREAD
Donated fabric that may include scraps.  Minimum size 13” x 13”.  Knits and thicker types of fabric are discouraged.  All colors and patterns are welcomed.  One yard of fabric makes 3 pillows.  You may also donate fabric that has been cut and stitched on three and one-half sides, according to the instructions shown below.

FIBER FILL AND LABEL
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
has 100% Polyester Fiber Fill and Labels available for the pillows.

The label attached to each pillow reads:
“Operation Comfort”
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
Tri-Cities, WA U.S.A.

VOLUNTEERS
To help cut, sew, and stuff the pillows. 
(See our Calendar page for details)

FABRIC CUTTING DIRECTIONS
Using 45” material, fold in half and cut 26” long strips.  Open the fold and then fold the material in the opposite direction.  Cut 13” long pieces. 

SEWING DIRECTIONS
Sew a label onto the outer side of one 13” x 13” piece. 

Using two 13” x 13” pieces, face the wrong sides of the fabric together. 

Sew a ½” double-stitched seam on three sides. 

On the remaining un-sewn side, sew a ½” double-stitched seam from each corner towards the center approximately 4”.  Leave about 5” open in the center to allow room for stuffing. 

Reverse the fabric and stuff the Pillow making sure the corners are full.  Don’t overfill, as each Pillow must be rolled into a log for mailing. 

Sew the opening shut, creating a 12" x 12" finished pillow.

“U.S. Troop Care Package,” “Operation Comfort,” is also sending neck coolers to our deployed U.S. Troops
and needs help
from the community with the following:

MATERIAL and THREAD
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
has tea-dyed muslin pre-washed fabric available as the fabric and color must meet military regulations.  One yard of fabric makes 8 Neck Coolers. 

CRYSTAL FILL and INSTRUCTION CARD
“U.S. Troop Care Package”
has the Crystal Fill and Instruction Card available for the Neck Coolers.

VOLUNTEERS
To help cut, sew, and fill the neck coolers. 
(See our Calendar page for details)

FABRIC CUTTING DIRECTIONS
Using 44” to 45” material, cut the fabric 4 ½ inches wide by the width of the fabric.  Fold the fabric with the wrong sides together lengthwise. 

SEWING DIRECTIONS
Stitch, using a 2 mm stitch length, one short end and stitch along the length of the strip using a one-fourth inch seam.

Press the seam open and then turn the strip.  Press the neck cooler with the seam to the side.  (Pressing the seam to the back would put the seam next to the neck.)

Measure 12” from the stitched short end and stitch across the fabric.  Using a long-necked funnel, a two foot length piece of Ύ”, thin walled plastic pipe or a piece of paper rolled, place between one-half teaspoons to three-fourths teaspoon inside the neck cooler.

Stitch 12” from the open end across the neck cooler.  Turn the fabric under on the open end and top stitch.  One yard makes eight neck coolers.

A card will be attached to each neck cooler giving the instructions for its use.

MISCELLANEOUS
ZIP-LOCK BAGS
(Qt. size)
(Used to pack “U.S. Troop Care Packages”)

CLEAR PACKING TAPE
(2 inches wide)
(Used to pack “U.S. Troop Care Packages”)