Making the Perfect Care Package: How You Can Help USO Bagram Stock Up for Troops

A group of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington-based airmen  help the USO distribute Girl Scout Cookies. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense

A group of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington-based airmen help the USO distribute Girl Scout Cookies. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense

It’s easy to take the little things for granted. For most Americans, stocking up on snacks, baby wipes and Kleenex is as simple as heading to their local convenience store.

But for troops stationed an ocean away at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, stocking up on every day commodities can mean waiting on, or rationing from, care packages shipped from the United States. However, even the most thoughtful — and jam-packed — of care packages eventually runs empty.

Luckily, USO Bagram is there to help.

Thanks to the generous donations of supporters from around the world who provide USO Bagram with food, toiletries, and other personal care items, troops can head to the USO pantry to stock up on every day items they might need. In order to provide the troops with the supplies they need, the USO Bagram relies heavily on donations of food and personal care items sent to the center from USO supporters back at home.

Right now, USO Bagram is hosting a care package drive to stock up on snacks and toiletries to hand out to troops over the coming months. The USO Bagram staff has even created a wish list of their most needed supplies to help anyone who wants to create the ultimate box of goodies for the troops. Remember, even just one package worth of supplies can brighten a service member’s day!

USO Bagram Care Package Wish List

  • Healthy snacks: Jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Drink mix packets: Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea and crystal light packets
  • Microwavable food: Easy Mac, popcorn, Cup O’Noodles, Chef Boyardee, oatmeal and other snacks that come in their own bowl (dining ware is scarce in Afghanistan)
  • Non-perishable food: Tuna cans or packets, fruit cups, peanut butter, Nutella, soups and other canned foods
  • Chocolate: Wait until the winter months to send chocolate, as it will melt in the mail if sent now
  • Toiletries: Travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet wipes and hand sanitizer (Please send these in separate boxes from food — no one likes shampoo-flavored oatmeal!)

Please send all care packages to the following address:

USO Bagram
Pat Tillman Memorial Center
APO, AE 09354

7 thoughts on “Making the Perfect Care Package: How You Can Help USO Bagram Stock Up for Troops

  1. What about feminine products for our female service members? Are they provided? Is there a preference/type due to the location/jobs/availability of facilities?

    • Those are also very appreciated over there. I just returned from my deployment and my mom would always send them because there wasn’t much over there. Any type is helpful!

    • Mostly, they can get the items they need, but maybe not the brands they prefer. When my daughter was deployed I bought and sent her favorites of everything from shampoos, soaps, tampons and wet feminine wipes. I put everything in ziplock freezer bags so that if lotions or shampoos opened and squeezed out, it didn’t ruin everything in the box. Packing everything very tightly helped with that too.

  2. Reblogged this on Retired and Happy in Murrells Inlet and commented:
    For those of you who know me, you know I can’t praise this organization, it’s volunteers and supporters enough. If you want to do something to help our service people besides just saying, “Thanks for your service”, consider getting items for a Care Package.

  3. Can USO also leave addresses for each branch so that individuals can send to specific branch if they like? My brother is in Afghanistan but, I know many others have loved ones in the other military branches. I think the post office also gives a discount if mailing to military. I use their flat rate boxes and stuff as full as I can get. Thanks

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