Junior Council Operation Shoebox Project


Junior Council is collecting items for Operation Shoebox to make care packages for soldiers deployed overseas.

A donation box will be in the 4-H Center lobby throughout March. Personal care items and food items are needed, in original packaging. When in doubt think small – individually wrapped / travel size items are best for shipping.

Do you know someone serving in the military who is currently deployed or soon to be deployed? Make sure he or she receives a special care package from Operation Shoebox too by contacting Tracie Zebro at tlzebro21@aol.com. You can also contact Tracie or visit opshoeboxnj.org  to learn about other ways your club can help support Operation Shoebox!

Suggested Donations for Operation Shoebox:

Personal Care Items:

  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Bug Repellant (non-aerosol) such as wipes or lotion type
  • Lip Balm
  • Batteries (small packs, any size)
  • Deodorant (non-aerosol)
  • Eye Drops
  • Wipes (travel size)
  • Disposable razors
  • Mouth Wash (travel size)
  • Dental Floss
  • Q-tips
  • First Aid Items
  • Shampoo (travel / hotel size)
  • Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
  • Powder / Foot Powder (travel size) such as Shower to Shower or Gold Bond
  • Athletic Socks (white)
  • Tooth Brushes (single or 2 pack)
  • Tooth Paste (travel size)

Food Items

  • Canned Tuna (pull-top) & Cracker Lunch Packages – such as Bumble Bee or Star Kist
  • Individual pull top cans of fruit (snack size)
  • Dry soup mixes such as Ramen Noodles
  • Powder drink mixes (to add to water bottles) such as Crystal Light On the Go or Kool Aid singles
  • Cereal (small 1 oz. size boxes)
  • Coffee singles
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Beef Jerky / Slim Jims
  • Dried Fruit – Raisins, Trail Mix & Nuts
  • Hard Candy / Mints – such as Tic Tacs
  • Cookies / Crackers (snack size packages)
  • Snack food -pretzels, chips (snack size packages)
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Gum

To learn more about how you can support Junior Council’s collection efforts, contact club leader Brenda Esler at 4HJuniorCouncil@gmail.com