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.


Pre-Packaged Cotton Candy

AA & AAA batteries

Puzzle, Word Game and Crossword Books


Sunflower Seeds

Ready to Eat Tuna or Chicken Salad kits


New Knit Hats and work gloves, no bright colors that will draw fire

Trail Mix

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

Single or Double Pack Toothbrushes 

Protein Bars

COFFEE  12 -16 oz bags of ground coffee, 
we never have enough coffee

Men & Women's Body Wash


Beef Jerky

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

Individual Powdered drinks mixes (Gatorade, lemonade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, Tang, Snapple) energy drinks, powdered drink mixes, Instant coffee

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

Men shaving gel, tube only please no aerosols

Gold Bond Medicated body and foot powder

Moisturizing and Sun Block Lotion

Gillette Razors and Cartridge Refills

Athletes foot powder/cream

Visine or any brand eye drops for dry eyes

Small size Motrin, Advil, Aspirin & Tylenol

Mole skin/boot cushioned insoles

Nail clippers

Cards, Stationary and Pens to write home

Letters and drawings thanking our soldiers for what they do.

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.