Operation USO Care Package
On Sept. 11, 2012, the USO – in collaboration with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition – held a service project in support of America’s troops and their families. This special service project took place in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., and represented an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to express their gratitude and admiration for those who currently serve. Read the story.
"First I want to tell you how much this raised our morale. I overheard a few people saying it felt like Christmas all over again." – Jolly Rogers 103 Line Division, to Operation USO Care Package
“I received one of your care packages from Operation USO Care Package. You have no idea how much it means to the Sailors at sea to know that people support what we do.” – MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
Anyone who's ever been away from home for long periods of time can relate to the excitement and joy of receiving a Care Package. And the USO takes great pride in extending that touch of home to troops deployed overseas. It creates an instant connection between the troops, home and the citizens they serve. The USO receives thank you notes from troops all over the world recounting the morale boost a Care Package provides. The program also takes care of families by providing a Military Family Care Package.
A $25 donation sponsors one USO care package and is another way the USO connects families separated by deployments. They are packages that deploying troops can have sent to their families once their deployment begins, as a way of letting their family members know they are thinking of them.
Care package items are purchased directly from or donated by the manufacturer. Your monetary donations are used to purchase these items. The USO works closely with the Department of Defense to distribute packages.