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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Camp Courage was born in March of 2012, with one project to touch a few Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA in the SAC rehab unit. That initial project consisted of 8 care packages. We were so thrilled when that project was shipped and we started getting responses from our recipients. We collectively decided to continue doing care packages. Camp Courage has a wonderful network of members who continue to support our efforts. We have shipped to Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Spain, Hawaii, California, 29 Palms, North Carolina, South Carolina in addition to several other stateside locations. We are proud to announce that we are preparing to ship our 43rd project. We are honored for the opportunity to reach out to Marines and other service members through care packages in an effort to express our sincerest appreciation for their selfless choice to serve our great nation! We are proud to be a charity that is completely operated by volunteers, there is no paid staff. There are 10 volunteers that share the same passion for those who serve our country. It is an honor to have the privilege we do, to support those who give so much for us

Results: These projects have become something very near and dear to our hearts and the hearts of so many families and service members worldwide. We are currently shipping to all branches of our military as the needs are presented to us. As of recent we have shipped a total of 3296 care packages worldwide!

Programs: Care packages - all expenses are incurred solely to create and mail care packages. Funds spent on office supplies, banking fees etc are for process to generate income for the care packages. Approximately 1,000 care packages were sent.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Camp Courage after my son became a Marine. Mai Christy, the founder, supports our military so well. She is constantly looking for and finding ways to keep sending care packages to all the people in our military. She and all the volunteers of Camp Courage are constantly looking for items and "pieces of home" to put into these care packages, so our soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors, etc. can know that there are people thinking about them and thanking them and honoring them for their service to our country. The Camp Courage vision is "To reach as many service members as possible through the outreach of our care package projects in an effort to express our sincerest appreciation for their selfless choice to serve our great nation." and everyone who is a volunteer for Camp Courage does exactly that. I am proud to be a part of something so special.

11 Jessica294

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At first, I was a little worried about giving time or anything to any organization for care packages as I had seen first hand how some of them would say one thing but it would be totally used for something personal.
But then I got in touch with the Admins of Camp Courage. I have a son who is Military, and as a single mom with 3 children trying to make ends meet, I turned to this group and asked them about sending him and some of the guys/gals that my Military son works with care packages. 20 packages total. They not one time hesitated. Gave them the information they needed to have all 20 packages sent to my son and he handed them out to the guys/gals in his unit. They gladly accepted and within a couple weeks my son contacted me excited and said everyone was so thrilled to have gotten a package "from home" cards, letters from kids coloring pages from groups of children were the highlight of their day. Said it was like watching children open a special present they had been hoping that Santa would bring them Christmas Morning. Since then, I decided right then and there that I would figure a way to pay it forward to this wonderful organization for putting a smile on my son's face and the face of his fellow Military brothers/sisters.
I have sense decided that even if I can't contribute with money to the packages, that I would become a "Card writer". Knowing that my card could brighten someone's day as others have done for my son makes it all worth doing. I am so thankful for God putting this group in my life and the life of so many others. Seeing posts or pics of those that get the boxes and the joy and smile on their faces is what makes this group a ONE OF A KIND GROUP..
If you love our Military and want to help out but are limited. Hey there is no such thing as there is nothing I can do because there is something that everyone can do to help show our Men and Women in the Military how much we as American's Stand Behind Our Troops..
I would recommend this group to anyone who could find it in their heart to help any way you can because even the smallest donation or even to write a card or even get a group to do coloring pages with a short note to them is well worth it. And everything donated goes to the care packages.. Nothing is used for personal gain. The only personal gain anyone receives is the person who is receiving the love and support these care packages have to offer them when they are opened..
With my son being on the receiving end of their care packages, I turned to volunteering for them just by writing cards for them, and have NEVER one time had any regrets doing so!
CAMP COURAGE IS A TOP NOTCH, 5 STAR, AND ONE HUNDRED PERCENT DEDICATED GROUP WHO SUPPORTS OUR MILITARY WORLD WIDE ONE CARE PACKAGE AT A TIME!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Camp Courage a few years ago after my youngest son graduated from USMC Boot camp. This group has filled a void that was left when I no longer had children at home to care for. Their support has helped to give me insight into what the life of a Marine mom is like. Their mission of helping our military one care package at a time has shown me that what started as the acts of a small group of moms can really make a difference in the lives of so many. Camp Courage is a wonderful, all volunteer, organization. By volunteering with this organization I have made some lifelong bonds and have found a group of individuals that are always willing to lend a hand, lend a shoulder, lend an ear or most importantly, lend a heart.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After my son decided to become a Marine almost 4 years ago, I was lucky enough to hear about Camp Courage. Through donations and sales in the Marketplace they are able to send care packages to our Military members all over the world! My son has received one and was thrilled with the letters from children that get added into the care packages! This "little bit of home" is extremely important to our serving Military members because it lets them know we haven't forgotten them and that we appreciate the sacrifices they make every day for us. And even though the main purpose of CC is sending care packages, their Facebook page is also a place of support for family and friends of the men and women who serve in the Military. It is a good place to get information or just share your feelings at that moment. For me personally, I know that these last 4 years have been a little easier to handle knowing I'm not going through it alone. Mai cares so much about our Military personnel and works so hard to let them know that we are so proud of them! Every box she mails out is filled with needed toiletries, goodies, cards, letters and a whole lot of love!!

1 Nancy268

Donor

Rating: 5

Camp Courage is Amazing. I am a Military Mom and I know the importance of our sons and daughters feeling loved and thought about by their families and friends. I know how much they look forward to cards, letters and the things we at home, take for granted like food, candy, magazines, personal items and so much more. I love Camp Courage!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was far away, missing home and adjusting to his new military life! Camp Courage sent him a care package with letters from people around the country sharing their support and gratitude for his sacrifices! Camp Courage helped him through a very difficult time! We are so thankful for all they do!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I found this Great non profit when my Grandson became a Marine to serve our country! This group does so much for members of all Armed Forces! One care package at a time! I have been a donor and have been writing cards which go in every package sent out! It is a Great organization run strictly by volunteers that love to share their love and support of our military!

1 Mary459

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Courage has touched so many lives of our Military by all of the care boxes and emotional support that are sent out to all branches of our Military. I have shed many tears of joy and shared heartfelt moments with other parents whom have felt the same love for all of our Son's and Daughters. Mai Christie has given so many hours of her personal life and continues to do so for the love of all of our Marines and Military, she asks for nothing in return except that we show respect for each other and others within this group of parents who root and support each other on in our moments of joy, and anguish of separation from our Marines.

1 Tina111

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Courage is a wonderful program. I have orders items and clothing from them as well as have donated items to be sent to our Marines.

She is on a much needed and appriciated mission!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new mom to a Marine.. I found this non profit close to home. I am able to join them in building of the hundreds of care packages for our active Military. Makes my heart happy to show support.

2 Melody15

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are an awesome group. The volunteers pack each box for a service member with a lot of love and much wanted and needed things. The homemade cards that go in each box makes the service member proud, feel loved and supported. Someday I hope to be able to take a vacation and help with a packing.
My son received a package while on deployment and he loved it! Thank you Camp Courage for what you do for our Military! ❤️

3 Sherylr1968

Donor

Rating: 5

Completely amazing dedicated group of MoMs (Mothers of Marines). 100% volunteer. I would trust Mai Christy with my life. I have no problem giving her my money. It's a great cause! The military life can be very difficult. Spreading a little cheer always helps. She's the best!

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6

Donor

Rating: 5

The Camp Courage Vision: to reach as many Marines, or any other branch in need, as possible through the outreach of our care package projects in an effort to express our sincerest appreciation for their selfless choice to serve our great nation!! No paid staff! Completely run by volunteer Marine Moms!! An organization you can trust with your $$$!

Paula82

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Courage not only provides care packages to active duty military, but they also offer support to parents and other family members whose loved ones are serving their country. As a non profit organization, all proceeds go into building care boxes that contain many of the simple needs of those who are deployed or feeling down, along with letters of thanks and encouragement. Definitely a worthy organization started by an amazing lady and run by a dedicated board of directors.

1 Angela148

Donor

Rating: 5

I am involved with many groups but CC is the one I donate to because I know the dedication & hard work that is put forth. Their reputation is impeccable

2 Rebecca156

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Courage is an Amazing outlet of communication, prayer and support for mothers, wives, fathers, grandparents, etc of all active and retired service members. Mai and her wonderful team of Angels do so much for our military in the form of care packages, letters and anything else they might need. Please help support her. Your support will multiply ten fold if not more!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Courage is a great nonprofit organization. I am a Marine mom who's son received a care package from one of its early shipments several years ago. It is run by a great group of volunteers and every cent it receives goes to help Camp Courage fullfill its mission statement.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

if you're looking for an amazing and worthwhile cause to support, Camp Courage is for you! these angels send care packages to our troops! something that too many of our heroes are not blessed with!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Courage is an awesome organization!! My son has received a care package from them and it uplifted him in a time he needed it!! They are loving caring people who support our troops all over the world!! They are a blessing to so many people not only our troops but to the families of troops!! Thank you Camp Courage and rock on!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

If it's important to you to support our troops and you want to find a charity where your money goes to support the troops rather than paying high administration fees, this is it! By sending care packages filled with necessities, treats and love (in the form of hand written cards and letters) Camp Courage lets our service members know they are thought of and appreciated. Camp Courage also provides valuable support to family members of Marines on their website. Love this organization!

1 Lisa519

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group that I'm so proud to be a part of. The kindness, love and care that is put into each Care Package that is sent out is amazing!!! And the faces of our Military members who receive these packages is truly priceless!!!