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Supporting our Troops

American and Australian

~Sewers, Quilters, Crafters & Embroiderers Supporting Our Troops~


 Battle Buddy Image Link
 The Battle Buddy Foundation is the only national non-profit organization founded by veterans with the combined mission of assisting other veterans in the acquisition of psychiatric and mobility service dogs, providing a network of peer support and activity, and promoting education and awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and the current veteran suicide epidemic. The most recent and comprehensive study completed and published by the Veterans Administration in 2012 indicates an average of 22 veterans are committing suicide every single day.


Do You Enjoy Stamping and Card Making??

Use your talents to help our heros reach out to family and friends with beautiful hand made cards that you have made.. What a better way to share your craft?




Our Mission:

Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

This merry band of thousands of cardmakers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and are on the way to a landmark one MILLION cards!

Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and cardmakers from all over the USA, creating "eye candy" for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the homefront.

Boxes are shipped through every week of the year, so join us anytime in sending your beautiful creations to help our heroes keep in touch with home!

Support Our Troops Overseas

Operation Santa

In 2011 alone, Operation Santa has shipped over 21,000 homemade Christmas stockings and Hanukah bags to our deployed.

Download our stocking template

 Operation Santa Image

Join Operation Santa Group


Find the pattern here.


Send a little present to those soldiers as a little "ThankYou" from us at home..

There's so many great Christmas fabrics out there that would be perfect for a stocking to fill with little goodies...

Visit the official OPERATION SANTA website for all the details obout when, where and how these parcels get overseas.

Below you can find the basics needed to get started.

Even if you want to contribute, but can't get the sewing done, go to the website to find out how to donate.


 Sample List

 Check out this article~~


Read Thank You Notes From The Soldiers..

stocking photo


Please send donations to:
Operation Santa
PO Box 1975
Bloomington, Illinois 61702









 Consider Joining these groups to help the soldiers in many ways... 


Operation Care Package Link

Sending packages from home all year round

"We are a non for profit organzation of all volunteers, dedicated to our goal of making sure that no deployed Hero goes without mail.

For security and privacy purposes, we do not share names or information of troops on our list for "adoption".

However, you can choose to 'Sponsor A Package'or visit our 'How You Can Help'page.

We could not continue this important work without the generosity of many people and businesses.
Thank you for your support, and remember to keep our Military and their Commanders in your thoughts and prayers."

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2013 marks thier 10 year Anniversay of Honoring our Military & Veterans
They couldn't have done this without you.

Celebrating 10 years




Operation Care Package relies on patriotic Americans to help us continue our efforts of making sure that no Hero serving our country is forgotten.

This is especially true of the fast approaching Holiday Season, with so many of our Troops far from home.

Our goal is to reach 10,000 Troops with Christmas Care Packages.

Thanks for helping us "Send Santa To The Troops!"


Donations & Volunteer Opportunities

Operation Care Package is a volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity.
All donations are tax deductible.


Monetary Donations

All donations are used to help pay shipping costs and items needed that we do not receive from donations. The average shipping cost is approx $13.50 per box.

Donations may be made by check, money order, or paypal. To use paypal, click on the donate button at the Home Page.

Any size donation is greatly appreciated.


Sponsor A Christmas Pack!

These beautiful Christmas Packs include many of the necessities included in our regular packages, along with loads of treats from Santa!

Donation: $25.00
Read Details

See OCP Kids Color Pages

A huge thanks to the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Council
Roughly 20,000 boxes of cookies were donated for our Troops!
View Photos

Items or Donations may be sent directly to:
611 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL. 60435

If questions please email or call Debbie at
815-723-6960 and leave a message with a day time & evening number.
We are all volunteer & also work.
Thank you!

Wreaths Across America Program
Learn How You Can Help

Wreaths Across America



AussieHero Quilts and Laundry Bags Image link 

Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags

This wonderful group of angels organise hand made quilts and laundry bags to send to the heros who are serving. If you are in Australia and want to contribute by sewing or donating money for postage, check them out. Below is a sample of the brilliant quilts they have had sent.

Aussie Hero Quilt 


Aussie Hero Quilts

Couple photos snatched from AHQLB Facebook page of happy heros enjoying their pressies!

Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags


 Wounded Heros Image Link

The men and women of the Australian Defence Force answer the call to duty selflessly and without hesitation, and forfeit much during their service for Australia. They give more, risk more and sacrifice more, and in the event of wounding or injury, their lives will never be the same again.


Wounded Heros Image



Soldier On Image Link

You can help by purchasing Soldier On merchandise or donating.


It takes a lot of courage to keep soldiering on when you've been physically or mentally wounded by battle. But it takes more than courage to fund programs to help our wounded diggers. The team at Military Shop are committed to our mission and are working with us to promote community awareness and raise funds. Join us and Soldier On in your community for our wounded diggers.  




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