Operation Shoebox
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Operation Shoebox

There is a collection box at every meeting. Click on links below for more information.

Marie Brady and other Lynnhaven Ladies members volunteer their time to Operation Shoebox here in The Villages, which prepares care packages for our troops and wounded veterans in hospitals. Marie has offered to take collected items to the group each month. Small, portable items that are easy to fit into the uniformly-sized bags that volunteers sew are needed. The operation no longer uses shoeboxes. More can be stuffed into the bags, and they are lighter and cheaper to ship to our troops. Operation Shoebox in The Villages stuffs and ships 500 550 bags every Monday!

The following list of items are items currently requested and needed by our troops that the Operation Shoebox folks include in their gift packages:

Food & Snacks
  • Sugar packets
  • Bars (Clif or Balance)
  • Beef Jerky (individually wrapped)
  • Canned Fruit (pop-top cans)
  • Cereal (individual small boxes)
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Granola Bars
  • Gum
  • Instant Oatmeal &/or Grits (individual packets)
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Ravioli (pop-top cans)
  • Tuna Kits
  • Heat-resistant Candy wrapped hard candy, Tootsie Rolls, Fruit Breezes (throat drops), Twizzlers, etc. (NO Chocolate, please)
  • Salty Snacks Hot fries, popcorn, chips, pretzels, etc.
  • Cookies or Crackers (individual packages)
  • Coffee (instant)
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Tea Bags (individually wrapped) 
  • Gatorade (& other replenishing drinks)
  • Powdered Drink Mixes (individual to-go packets)
  • Tea Mixes (sweet)
  • Kool Aid bursts (to freeze) 

Music & Entertainment

  • CD Fanny Packs
  • CDs
  • Tapes
  • DVDs (new & used)
  • Playing cards
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Sudoku
  • Travel-size games, checkers & chess
  • Hand-held electronic games (with extra batteries)

Correspondence & Reading

  • Writing Materials Paper, pencils & pens, envelopes, postcards
  • Recent issues of Reader's Digest and Sports & General Interest Magazines
  • Paperbacks (novels, short stories)
Hygiene Products Hotel or Travel size, Individual packages
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body Wash (travel size)
  • Foot Powder
  • Nose Spray
  • Eye Drops
  • Chapstick
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (for female soldiers)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizers (waterless)
  • Hairbrushes
  • Nail Clippers
  • Q-Tips
  • Band-aids 
  • Tissues (pocket size or heavy duty i.e., Puffs)
  • Tylenol (individual packets)


  • Pre-paid phone cards
  • Socks (cushioned, white & calf high)
  • Shoe Insole Cushions
  • Alkaline batteries (AA, D, etc.)
  • Flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs, lots of batteries)
  • Fans (small, battery-powered with extra batteries)
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Zip-lock Freezer Bags 7" x 7 " size

... anything that can fit in the bags to make our troop's tours of duty more pleasant and pass more quickly. Please, no chocolate and keep food items separate from toiletries.

A collection bag is always available at Lynnhaven Ladies meetings so you can deposit items, and Marie will deliver them for us.