OI’s Civilian to Military Delivery System
The cornerstone of the OI Civilian-to Military Delivery System® is the care package that is an individual quart sized baggie containing a note/letter from a caring citizen and factory sealed items to boost their morale.
OI volunteers in centers across the country work with schools, churches, synagogues, civic groups, corporations, and anyone willing to contribute some of their time.
To keep from bogging down the Military Mail System volunteers pack and ship 25 care packages per large flat-rate postage box not exceeding the weight limit of 15 pounds. For many, our boxes are the only communication they receive from home. To assure that no one is left out, the commander receives enough boxes to cover everyone in their unit i.e. 100 troops, 4 boxes.
The “grab and go” bags must contain a note from a caring citizen along with items that fit into the quart bag. Snacks, personal care items and even games. All items MUST be factory sealed to assure they haven’t been tampered with.
Items such as Toothpaste must be in sealed boxes, Tea Bags and Coffee must be in sealed packages (i.e. factory foil wrapped) Candy and gum can’t be twist wrapped. No envelopes or stamps will be sent.
Each note needs to be upbeat and supportive. NO LAST NAMES, PHONE NUMBERS, FACEBOOK AND/OR ADDRESSES, OR SOCIAL MEDIA FROM ANYONE. CITY AND STATE ARE OK.
OI is Department of Defense approved. Every bag and box is thorough inspected by registered and trained OI volunteers.
OI doesn’t compete with Military Exchanges (PX’s) by sending small amounts of goods. This also assures that OI doesn’t exceed the Joint Ethics Regulation of no more than $50.00 worth of “gifts” during a calendar year.
SUPPORT OF MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS
Occasionally OI receives items that can’t be shipped and or are over-sized. These items go to military families and veterans, VA hospitals, and other veteran organizations stateside.
WHERE UNITS/COORDINATORS/REPS ARE LOCATED
*Grand Junction, Colorado National Headquarters
*Grand Junction, CO
*Los Angeles, CA
*Laguna Niguel, CA
*Dana Point CA
*Costa Mesa CA
*Ft. Myers, FL
*Tarpon Springs, FL
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