Operation USO Care Package Program Partners
One of the most appreciated programs of
the USO is Operation USO Care Package (OUCP). Packages filled with reminders of home let deploying troops
know they are not forgotten. Learn more about the Operation USO Care Package,
and see how corporations support this valuable program below.
Four Star Sponsors
Bass Pro Shops’ annual “Reelin’
It in for the Troops” promotion has raised almost $1.5 million for OUCP since
2003. Customers can make a $1, $3,
or $5 donation in each Bass Pro Shops store and receive a card to write a
message to a member of the armed services. These note cards are then sent to the OUCP warehouse and
inserted in USO care packages.
to 2010, FedEx has committed to donate $250,000 of in-kind shipping each year
to off-set the cost of sending care packages to service members. In addition, each year they donate
$50,000 in cash to the USO in support of general programs and services and
$20,000 of in-kind shipping services for the USO’s general needs. In 2010, Fed Ex gave an additional
$20,000 in in-kind shipping to support the inaugural Military Family Care
Three Star Sponsors
Energizer Personal Care donated over $2.7 million worth of disposable razors to
centers and the Operation USO Care Package Program. This budget-relieving
in-kind donation has been a tremendous support to the USO as razors are one of
the top requested items by deployed troops.
2003, the annual corporate donation from the Grainger Foundation has totaled
$525,000 in cash, including corporate donations of $100,000 each in 2008, 2009,
to 2010, the company’s Toast for the
Troops program has generated more than $400,000 for OUCP. In 2009 & 2010, Jack Daniel’s
hosted two stuffing parties in conjunction with the NASCAR Race at Bristol
Motor Speedway and at Camp Pendleton.
Two Star Sponsor
2009, Harry and David has hosted a “Snacks for Our Troops” campaign, offering
customers the opportunity to purchase snack items for the OUCP program and in
2010 included donations for the USO of Fort Hood Texas.
A brand new OUCP sponsor, the
Society for Human Resource Management is supporting Operation USO Care Package
and incorporating a Care Package event into their annual meeting of over 10,000
HR professionals from around the world.
Expo Chemical Company, celebrating its 35 years of service in the specialty chemical business, is a Proud Donor of the USO and has supported the Operation USO Care Package program for the last several years with a cash donation.
than six years, JCPenney has supported the USO. In 2009 and 2010, JCPenney
donated $25,000 to support USO Programs.
In addition, JCPenney donated $95,000 worth of bed linens and blankets
in 2009 to USO Ft. Hood’s Operation Restful Night which provided a touch of
home to troops returning from Afghanistan. Previous donations have supported the Contingency
Aeromedical Staging Facility at Ramstein Air Base through Operation Enduring
Starbucks donated about 166,000 2.5oz coffee samplers to be designated toward
Operation USO Care Package as well as USO centers in Southwest Asia. This donation totaled over $319,000
worth of in-kind products, more than half of which were budget-relieving. In 2010, Starbucks pledged over 300,000
units of VIA single serve coffee packs to OUCP.
syndicated radio hosts Bob and Tom are broadcast to nearly 150 stations nationwide. The Bob and Tom Show has supported OUCP
by asking its listeners to sponsor a USO Care Package at a co-branded
website. More than $600,000 has
been raised since partnership began in 2005.