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Operation Shoebox

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services

Mission: Support active u. S. Military troops. The organization receives donations of personal hygiene items and other goods that are packaged and shipped to soldiers stationed in and around combat areas. The organization also ships clothing and other items to wounded soldiers which are more suitable to wear as they undergo treatment and rehabilitation. Toys and other items are sent for distribution by troops to local children.

Programs: Shipping costs and supplies to ship containers of personal hygiene and other items to active u. S. Military personnel stationed in or around combat areas. This also includes warehouse space used to store and assemble goods prior to shipping, office space for administration, and a thrift store to accept donated items for resale.

purchase of goods to supplement donated items that are packaged and sent to military personnel.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Shoebox volunteers have one goal in mind - to put a smile on as many faces as possible. Our soldiers are far from home in dangerous situations so that we can live free and enjoy life. This nonprofit is all about the troops and how we can serve them. Mary Harper, founder and leader, is an angel who puts in six and many times seven days a week. Her dedication to the troops is an inspiration to all who know her, and there are over 500 volunteers who each do their part to pack ditty bags or Christmas stockings filled with goodies and love. Operation Shoebox is truly an exceptional nonprofit. Linda Bowman

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed at the dedication and compassion of Mary Harper, the founder, and countless others who strive to make our troops feel appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello My name is SGT Natalie Cummings with F.CO 2-87INF 3BCT 10th MTN DIV, deployed currently in Afghanistan we have received numerous care packages from operation shoe box for soldier's and we greatly appreciate everything that you all do for us. and not to mention we love all of the goodies as soon as I get the packages i pass them out to my entire company and they love it.

Thank you,
SGT Cummings

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I heard about Operation Shoe Box six yrs ago when we moved to the Villages. We felt that this was something we wanted to volunteer for. My huband is an AirForce veteran, our daughter retired after 20yrs in the Air Force and now works @ the VA in Gainesville. Our son spent 17 yrs in the Coast Guard. With all the sevice connection in the family we felt this was something close to our hearts. It has been very heart warming to donate our time early Monday. I is very gratifying to hear from the men & women who receive our pkgs (Operation Shoe Box) stating what it means to them to recieve a touch of home treats as well as notes from the folks who take the time to write and thank them for the job that they are doing. To say the truth we look forward to our time spent @ Operation Shoe Box each wk. Ann Marie & Nick Caron

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I saw with my own eyes the dedicated people that WANT to participate and show up religiously whenever they can to help get or create needed items to our troops who are trying to make the World a better place, my heart was won. Operation Shoebox is a massive effort and fundraising of many to do what we can to send some necessities - and comfort - to our troops and to let them know they're thought about so much home here in the USA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are proud to be a part of this organization thaat does so much for our "heros"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Shoebox is the most dedicated group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Their tireless dedication to the cause of improving the comfort and morale of every serviceman and woman that is serving in harms way cannot be understated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to this community over 5 years ago and heard a volunteer speak about Operation Shoebox...from that moment on I knew that I wanted to help our troops through this selfless group. I'm the Inventory Manager, which means that Mary (our President) and myself make sure that there are always 9 to 10 items at our meeting place every week ready to be packed for our troops. I also coordinate and receive mailings that are contributed and mailed from all over the country. It is an honor and a priviledge to volunteer with this incredible group of people that want to let our troops know that they will "never be forgotten". We pack each bag that is sent with a piece of our heart!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to this community over 5 years ago and heard a volunteer speak about Operation Shoebox...from that moment on I knew that I wanted to help our troops through this selfless group. I'm the Inventory Manager, which means that Mary (our President) and myself make sure that there are always 9 to 10 items at our meeting place every week ready to be packed for our troops. I also coordinate and receive mailings that are contributed and mailed from all over the country. It is an honor and a priviledge to volunteer with this incredible group of people that want to let our troops know that they will "never be forgotten". We pack each bag that is sent with a piece of our heart!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My famiuly has been involved with Operation Shoebox for several years now. Our organization makes ditty bags and Christmas stockings to send to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than that we correspond with the troops, keep them in our prayers, and promote patriotism. Alot of our time is devoted to fundraising for the postage costs (which are not subsidized by the government) and for the items that go in our bags. It is truly a worthwhile organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I did my review yesterday ...didn't pay attention and ended up in the OR Operation Shoebox...this is for My OSB in Belleview, FL I have been with OSB since the birth of the organization when we all packed, shipped did custom forms in a little bay and there was born the commitment to serve and honor our troops. All of the volunteers are special people....they show unconditional love, support and compassion. I love doing what I do, it allows me to see how much support and love comes from our everyday person. I am retired and now work from home as the adoption coordinator ..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been with OSB since the birth of the organization when we all packed, shipped did custom forms in a little bay and there was born the commitment ot serve and honor our troops. All of the volunteers are special people....they show unconditional love, support and compassion. I love doing what I do, it allows me to see how much support and love comes from our everyday person. I am retired and now work from home as the adoption coordinator ..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined Operation Shoebox several months ago and have been constantly impressed with the people working there and the unselfishness of their time, efforts and donations on behalf of our servicemen. When we were preparing and filling the Christmas stockings to be sent to "our heroes", several people went out and bought more of the items we were running short on and I know for a fact that as senior citizens, they are living on a fixed income.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Shoebox is truly dedicated to our military deployed around the world. We have packed and sent over 500,000 hand made, hand filled gift bags. We appreciate everything our troops are doing to protect our country. Founded in 2003, our packages each contain a hand written letter and lots of goodies to remind our soldiers that they are not forgotten. We are completely non-profit. It's my small way of saying thanks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked for Operation Shoebox since 2005 and are proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization. Their dedication to the Troops is outstanding and something to behold. It leaves visitors in awe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor for me to be associated with this organization. From the first time I heard about Operation Shoebox I knew it was what I wanted to do. I am a table captain and store items at my house from week to week. I also write cards and notes to the soldiers and I'm thrilled when I get a reply thanking the organization and myself for all we do. I had 2 brothers who served in the Navy and my husband is a Marine. He tells me how much it meant to him when he received a package from home back in the 60s. I was a young adult when our soldiers returned from Vietnam and were treated so poorly by some in the USA....I never want to see that again. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated group of people and have made many good friends through this group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 3 1/2 years I have gone to Operation Shoebox each and almost every Monday. The dedication of the more than 300 weekly volunteers makes this wonderful organization what it is. We are there for one purpose and one purpose only and that this to Never Forget Our Soldiers who are fighting to keep our country free! We make, package and then send out over 350 filled "goody bags" each week , and then at Christmas all that we normally send is sent in hand made Christmas Stockings for the service men and women all over the world. Approx 3,000 are packaged a week starting in Oct. My husband is a Viet Nam Vet, and very proud of that fact, but he was never thanked for his service and there were no organizations like Operation Shoebox to send the soldiers a little bit of home and to let them know they were appreciated. This is so important to me that I will continue to do my small part in one of the best organizations I can think of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I never served in the military, I have the greatest love and respect for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Operation Shoebox allows me the opportunity to give back something to these heroes. We have had recently deployed service men and women come to where we are packing the bags and tell us how much it means to the troops to get this little reminder that the folks back home appreciate what they are doing for the rest of us. As long as I am physically able to and as long as there are troops stationed away from home, I will will volunteer at Operation Shoebox. God bless the U.S.A. and the brave men and women who keep it free and safe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OSB has been a blessing to our troops but most of all being able to work side by side with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life. It has been a blessing to myself and my family and I have made some awesome friends. Most important through the work of these very awesome volunteers we have been able to send out over 500,000 care packages and tons and tons of bulk items from blankets that our sewers have made, to food, clothes and anything else our troops need to accomplish their mission. We need a little more organization of our packing area in belleview but for the most part we do an excellent job. For the little space we have our volunteers work very hard and strive for it to be the best that it can be. I am so proud to be a part of this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering for 5 1/2 yrs. We started out doing it a few hous and week and now have become completely involved with being able to give all of our wonderful men and women serving our country a little "Touch of Home" every week. All of our volunteers gives selflessly day in and day out and we are honored to be helping shoulder to shoulder with all of them. Janet and Gary Oliver

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My personal experience with Mary Harper and the wonderful volunteers has brought great joy to my life. Looking at all of the thank you notes and plaques from the brave men and women that have received packages from Operation Shoebox is a great thrill.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Operation Shoebox for about 6 months now (I get adopted troop contact information from them and then send care packages and letters on a regular basis). The contact person is very responsive and works with me to find adopted troops that are a good fit for me, and vice versa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was asked to help with the Chrisrmas rush 3 years ago and I'm still there. This has to be one of the greatest organizations in this country and I'm proud to have the privilege to be part of it. The packages that go out every week are sent with love and prayers. The responses we receive back from the troops are heartwarming. God bless them and God bless America Camille.