Troop Shipping

The American Legion Auxiliary sends shipments to our troops overseas. All items can be dropped off in the beautiful wooden box located next to the Honor MIA table. A cash donation box is located to the right of it (see photo).


It costs quite a bit to ship items, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Each box costs approximately $18 to send.

Please make checks payable to the American Legion Auxiliary and reference “Troop packages.” Thank you.

Personal Use Items

Baby Wipes (no scent),  Light Throws, Bug Repellent (non-aerosol), Deodorant, Boot Powder, Boot Insoles, Mouth Wash, Floss, Shampoo, Green, Grey or Black Socks/T-shirts, Soap, Nail Clippers, Cold Medicine, Hand Mirrors, Lotion, Boot Laces, Chapstick, Toothpaste & brushes, Sunscreen,  Razors/shaving cream. NO aerosol cans are safe to ship.

Please no opened hotel toiletries–we have had problem with leaking which makes the food taste a little odd.

Please no books or magazines–too heavy to ship. Thanks!

K-9 Approved Toys & Treats

Oravet, Hills, Science & Greenies Dental Chews.  KONG toys–PLEASE NO TENNIS BALLS OR FLUFFY TOYS).  Toothbrushes–human or K-9.  Woof


Janice Flanagan

Troop Shipping

Lily Romanow

Troop Shipping

Entertainment/Miscellaneous Items

Flashlights, Map pens, Pens/pencils, Postage Stamps, playing cards, Frisbees, greeting cards, small games, word search, cross word puzzles. NO batteries are safe to ship.

Food Items

Coffee packs (instant), Coffee, Creamer, Power bars, beef jerky, sausage sticks, trail mix, sunflower seeds, cookies, crackers, licorice, small popcorn packets, pop-top canned fruit, nuts, candy (not meltables), just-add-water soup, hot sauce/salsa, snack foods, Can tuna/crab/salmon/shrimp/oysters,Powdered Gatorade/Kool Aid/ Crystal light

Prohibited Items

Pork and pork by-products, Bulk religious material contrary to Islam Obscene materials, nude/semi-nude magazines (ie: Playboy), Drugs/Alcohol Weapons/Ammo/Firearms/Lighters, Cigars, Perishables items/Foods that will melt, Aerosol cans, batteries. Any personal information such as SSN, Legal Documents, etc.

Guidelines for ALA Unit 291 Troop Shipping:

The following guidelines will apply to ALA Unit 291 Troop Shipping to ensure:

  • Only authorized items are packed by volunteers on the day of the Troop Shipping event will qualify for shipping by the ALA Unit 291.
  • All items that are subject to leaking are packed appropriately to avoid damaging of goods.
  • No business advertisements are included in the ALA Unit 291 Troop Shipping boxes.
  • All boxes are packed to capacity to maximize the cost of shipping.

In order to accomplish these guidelines the following will apply to ALA Unit 291 Troop Shipping:

  • All donated Troop Shipping items will be delivered to the AL Post 291.
  • Donated items will be accepted up to the day of the Troop Shipping event.
  • No advertising business cards and/or circulars, for the sole purpose of marketing a product or service, will be included in any boxes.
  • All items to be shipped, will be packed and inspected for quality assurance, by ALA Unit 291 volunteers the day of the event.
  • ALA Unit 291 will solicit Blue Star families to receive Troop Shipping boxes. If there is a surplus of items received by ALA Unit 291 compared to the Blue Star military names received, those items will be donated to either Camp Pendleton or the MAFB Deployment Center.
  • Organizations/businesses wishing to donate to Troops overseas or waiting to be deployed who do not participate in the ALA Unit 291 Troop Shipping event, will be referred to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside or the MAFB Deployment Center in Riverside.
Advice on writing a letter to a Soldier…
  • Avoid politics.
  • Don’t ask their opinion on the war.
  • Don’t ask about what’s going on.
  • Don’t ask if they’ve killed anyone.
  • Don’t say it is a vacation – obviously deployments are not, but a three or four month TDY* isn’t a vacation either when the Soldier is alone.
  • Definitely do not say how wonderful it will be to miss out on the responsibilities of my wife, kids, or the home. I personally hate this comment with a passion, yet hear it all the time. A Soldier, at least male soldiers – or at least me – need to know they are needed. Helping with the kids, encouraging my wife both emotionally and spiritually, whether in person, on a phone, email, letter or webcam, makes me needed. For me this is likely my number one issue.
  • Don’t expect a response. As much as they would like to respond and thank you for your kindness, you must remember they are in a combat zone and that they most likely will not get a chance to write back.
  • Don’t include loose glitter or confetti.
  • It could take 2 -3 weeks for your card or letter to arrive. Keep this in mind when sending cards for specific holidays.
  • Note specific letter-writing requirements by some organizations. For example, some organizations prefer that you don’t include return contact information or photos.
  • Do not send cards and letters addressed “A Recovering American Soldier” or “Any Wounded Soldier” care of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). If you would like to send cards and letters to wounded service members, please visit this LINK for a listing of organizations that will distribute them on your behalf.
  • Do not send cards and letters addressed “Any Service Member” or “Any Wounded Service Member” – the US Postal Service will not accept these.