MarineParents.com Inc Care Package Project
We currently ship over 700 care packages each month to Marines stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our database grows daily as Marines send us names of comrades who are not receiving mail or care packages. You can help get care packages of needed items to these Marines! There are several ways that you can help out.
Because the Department of Defense (DoD) does not support adopt-a-soldier programs, we have a program which ships care packages only to addresses which have been supplied by Marines or family members of combat deployed Marines. To comply with the DoD policy, we do not share overseas mailing addresses with any third party, but WE'LL SHIP THE PACKAGES for you!
LCpl Nicholas Larson
The MarineParents.com, Inc. Care Package Project was started in Memory of LCpl. Nicholas Larson who was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on November 9, 2004. The Larson family graciously requested donations to MarineParents.com, Inc. in lieu of flowers, with the request that the donations be used to support the Marines in Iraq and their families back home.
In memory of LCpl. Larson, this project was begun on December 5, 2004 to honor and support all of our Marines who serve and their Marine families waiting at home. The Care Package Project is lovingly served by the many volunteers at MarineParents.com, with care package items and shipping funds donated by individuals and businesses around the United States.
A Little bit about how the Care Package Project Works
Contents for care packages and funding for shipping care packages to combat deployed Marines can be donated by individuals, companies or organizations. To donate items, click here. To donate funding, click here.
Donated contents for care packages are shipped to one of our shipping facilities where the items are inspected, sorted, and packaged for delivery.
MarineParents.com, Inc. volunteers will complete shipping forms, customs forms, and ship the packages via USPS Priority Mail to the Marine's overseas address.
Family members of combat deployed Marines can request a MarineParents.com, Inc. Care Package to be sent to their Marine.
We will ship one package per Marine per month during the Marine's deployment cycle as long as the donated inventory can maintain the requests.
Marine's overseas addresses are private and will not be given out to third parties.
Helping the combat deployed Marines and their families waiting at home is the mission of the LCpl. Nicholas Larson and MarineParents.com, Inc. Care Package Program.
We stand by our Marines and their families. If you are a family member, please let us know how we can help you. This web site offers a vast amount of information and support to help with deployment.
Quotes from Members/Marines touched by this Program
"We want to thank you so much for the package you sent to our son in Iraq. He said it is like Christmas when he gets a package over there. May God bless each and every heart and hand that prepared these care packages and those who work behind the scenes as well."
James and Ann, Marine Parents from Virginia, April, 2005
"Just heard from my son in Iraq who recently received the Girl Scout cookies from Marine Parents. This definitely brightened his day and I thank you so much for this. God bless you all for the wonderful work you are doing to support our troops."
From Dorothy, Marine Mom, March, 2005
"Thank you so much for the care package. I shared the package with all the Marines in my platoon. We all appreciated the support you have given us. Hearing from people that care makes us work even harder to make Peace. Thank you, Semper Fi."
To actually SEE the handwritten thank you's from Marines who have received our care packages see: http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-marines.asp
Request a Package for YOUR Marine
Once again we stress that this address will NOT be given out to third parties.
How YOU can Help
Several Options are available to help out with this wonderful Care Package Project
1) Become a Care Package Sponsor
When you sponsor a Care Package, we'll put your name inside the care package(s) received by the Marine(s). You can select a one-time donation for 1-100 Marines, or a 6-month commitment for 1-100 Marines. http://www.marineparentsinc.com/cp2200.asp
2) Donate to the Shipping Cost
The cost of shipping care packages to combat deployed Marines is $7.70 per package. 740 Care Packages were shipped out in October, & 730 Care Packages sent in August for more statistics, photos, and past event information see: http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-statistics.asp
Your help is needed to fund the shipping costs to get the care packages to the Marines. Thank you for your support!
Donations can be made using PAYPAL http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-donate-shipping.asp , or by sending check or money order to:
P O Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115
3) Donate Needed Items/Hold a Care Package Drive
If you, your church, club, business, office, or organization held a care package drive or have items you feel the Marines need and would like to donate them for the care packages, let us know!
We would be happy to accept your donation of care package items to send to our Marines via the MarineParents.com, Inc. Care Package Project. All individuals and companies donating items to this project will be recognized on the web site as contributors to this project.
For more on sending items for the Care Package Project see http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-donate-items.asp
Click here for a flyer to help out with your Care Package Drive http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-drive.asp
4) Sending handwritten letters, cards, drawings to a Marine
Each care package includes a card or letter addressed to "Dear Marine". We need cards and letters from you, the American people that support our troops.
Please consider working with your office, school, church or organization to make cards or write letters to include in each package. The Marines are especially touched by homemade cards from children, or letters that let them know what's going on back home: what books, movies, and music are coming out, or what your day-to-day life is like. Or write a letter to let them know what you're doing here at home to support the troops!
Mail letters to:
P O Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115
More information on mailing letters:
5) Shop for Care Package Items at Amazon.com!
How it works?
-Visit the link to Amazon.com's MarineParents.com Inc wish list for Marine items
-You'll find only items that are specifically requested by the Marines and/or recommended by MarineParents.com
-Select the item(s) you want to send for Care Packages to the Marines
-Continue shopping from the "Wish List" to total $25 or more in product
-When checking out, select "Free Super Saver Shipping" and "Combine order into one shipment"
-The address to the primary MarineParents.com Shipping Facility is automatically entered for you
-Select the MarineParents.com, Inc. shipping address
-Complete the check-out process using your preferred payment method (all major credit cards are accepted in a secure environment)
-Submit your order
-Your items will be delivered to MarineParents.com, Inc. for sorting and packing for delivery to individual Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan
More info along with the link:
6) Requesting Donations
If you would like to ask friends and neighbors to make a monetary donation by sponsoring care package(s) for 1-100 Marines, we have a single-page printable form that you can print and copy to distribute in your neighborhood, office, church, club or other oranization to encourage your friends to support our troops through the Care Package Project. All donations should be in the form of check or money order and mailed directly to MarineParents.com, Inc. using the address on the form.
Challenge your organization to raise funds for a target number of Marines. Depending on the size of your organization, you may want to target as many as 200 or as few as 25 Marines. Members of your organization should make checks or money orders payable to MarineParents.com, Inc.
All monetary donations receive a written acknowledgement/receipt.
We have a request form available at: http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-req-donations.asp
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our WONDERFUL Contributors. Without their time, donations, and support this wouldn't be possible.
For a list of Contributors please see http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-contributors.asp
For More information on the care package project itself- http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-default.asp
OR for Frequently Asked Questions about the Care Package Project, please see: http://www.marineparentsinc.com/carepkg-project-faq2.asp
For any questions you have that aren't answered in the FAQ or comments/suggestions please feel free to utilize these options:
P O Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115
Or use the email form at: