​​​You can drop donations off during the day at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.  The church office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm Phone: 847-437-5897

Because the soldiers’ needs change as the war progresses and some of the items on this list are donated in quantity, please check this list before shopping for items for care packages.

Items We Need For the Next Packing Event

Single or Double Pack Toothbrushes 

 Body Wash and Shampoo not larger than 20 oz ;travel size is good but not hotel toiletries because they generally do not ship well

Any Razors with a sturdy handle, some disposables have a flimsy handle that do not survive shipping

Protein Bars


​Sunflower Seeds

Trail Mix

Beef Jerky

Slim Jims are PORK Sausage and can’t be included in care packages

Beef Sticks

Letters and drawings thanking our soldiers for what they do.

Items We Always Need 


Male and female deodorant

COFFEE  12 -16 oz bags of ground coffee


AA & AAA batteries

Ready to Eat Tuna or Chicken Salad kits

microwave popcorn

Laundry detergent in capsules form​

 Nissin Cup Noodles

not  Ramen

Cup Noodles are packaged in a foam food container, hard plastic or paper cup.  This is very convenient for a quick meal for a soldier.

Feminine Hygiene Supplies

Canned Goods: 15 oz Chef Boyardee, Beef Stew and Chili, any kind without pork

Men shaving gel, tube only please no aerosols

Gold Bond Medicated body and foot powder

Sun Block Lotion

Athletes foot powder/cream

eye drops for dry eyes

Small size Motrin, Advil, Aspirin & Tylenol

Mole skin/boot cushioned insoles

Nail clippers

pencil sharpeners

Please do NOT donate Aerosol Shaving Cream (prohibited) will explode, OR hotel toiletries BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HOLD UP IN SHIPPING. BAR SOAP IS UNWELCOME BECAUSE OF ODOR.  CAN RUIN A Care Package.