Suggested items to send to AnySoldier:

Note: The weather is much colder now, freezing at night, 40's-50's daytime.
Send warm stuff!!


  • HeaterMeals
    These are really good meals that have a heater and everything, just right for the cold weather! HeaterMeals is offering a special price to folks helping the AnySoldier effort, click here to read all about it.
    Call 800-503-4483, ask for the sales department and tell them you want to send meals to the AnySoldier effort, they do the rest.
    They even put a note inside saying who sent it if you want.
    Send troops in the middle of nowhere the ability to have a hot meal, when they need it, at a VERY good price!!!
    (Just a thought - These may seem a bit expensive at first, but if you buy a few cans of food, add the boxing and shipping cost, you will see that this really is a very cost-effective way to get a soldier a complete meal. And it's a hot meal!)

  • Breakfast-type foods and drinks are the most needed. They don't get that meal (they get an MRE)!
  • Instant and regular coffee.
  • Coffee makers, hot plates.
  • Hot chocolate packets (instant, in packets, add to water).
  • Campbell's chunky soups, chicken, beef, etc.
  • Canned tuna.
  • Canned Chef Boyardee ravioli, beefaroni, spaghetti & meatballs, etc.
       (Note: In the 'Zip-Top' or easy to open cans.)
  • Canned fruit - that comes in the small flip top cans. (Put zip-top cans in a plastic bag!)
  • Beef jerky, Slim Jims.
  • Canned nuts.
  • Canned chips, like the potato sticks or the small canned Pringles, Doritos, etc.
  • Cereal bars, granola bars, Special-K bars, etc.
  • Pre-sweetened powdered drinks, Kool-Aid, Gatorade, etc.
  • Lil Debbie snacks, brownies, snack cakes, etc, nothing with icing that will melt.
  • Packs of candy, gum, trail mix, etc.
  • Home-cooked anything (that does not go bad quickly.)
       Note: Due to concerns for the health and safety of the soldiers, and as much as we don't want to say this, please do not send home-cooked anything to soldiers other then to your relatives or people who know you. Factory packaged only. Sorry. The soldiers are told to throw away anything that is not in a factory package.
  • (Basics: Easy to open, easy to eat, quality and healthy foods are best.)

    Personal Hygiene Items:

  • Antibacterial wipes - lots of these!
  • Small tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo.
  • Eye drops - the cleaning kind - because of all the sand storms...(Put in plastic bag!)
  • Small containers of Tylenol, Motrin, etc.
  • Band Aids, cough lozenges, small packs of Kleenex, shower-to-shower powder.
  • Flip flops - shower shoes - so they can air their feet out when they get a break.
  • Anti-fungal for their feet - athletes foot creme, foot powder - no aerosol bottles.
  • Combs, paper, pens, envelopes, lip balm, eye drops, q-tips, nail clippers.
  • Remember the many women soldiers there! If your package is intended for a woman, be sure to address the package to the Chaplain (address below) with, "Attn: Any Female Soldier".
  • (Basics: small and easy to carry, disposable and anti-bacterial.)


  • Beanie Baby toys for the soldiers to give to kids.
       (Now you have a good reason to loose those things...)
  • Comics and paperback books, crossword puzzle books.
  • DVDs & CDs.
  • Game Boys, the ones your kids don't use anymore, and the games...
       (Idea: Have your kids ask around to collect GameBoys and games they don't want anymore...)
  • Magazines; Cars, Sports Illustrated - preferably the swimsuit edition !! :)
  • Sports stuff (baseballs, footballs, old gloves, frisbees...)
  • (Basics: Small and light, uses AA batteries, nothing rechargeable.)


  • Hand warmers! (The chemical types in a packet, foot warmers also. Need these now!
  • AA batteries - this is the only battery they are using - keep anything you send to use these.
  • Rechargeable AA batteries and chargers.
  • DEET insect spray.
  • Disposable cameras.
  • Flashlight - small, black or dark green, AA battery.
  • Music CD's. (Have a portable player you don't use anymore?)
  • Pens, paper, envelopes. (NO stamps! They get free mail.)
  • Phone cards (Not as needed as in the beginning of this, but good for emergencies.)
  • Small or inflatable pillows, self-inflating camping air mattress.
  • Small space heaters.
  • Space® "All Weather" blankets. (Find the ones with olive drab, tan or camo on one side.)
  • Space® "Emergency" blankets. (These are much smaller, easy to keep.)
  • (Basics: Again, think small and light weight. Be SURE to put items that might even possibly leak into a few zip-lock bags! ie. toothpaste, shampoo...)

  • From "Ranger Joe's"
    (NOTE: This is NOT an advertisement for Ranger Joe's! We are waiting to see if Ranger Joe's will assist with this effort. I am looking for a source for these items at a better price. If you have one, PLEASE let me know!!)
    #4581 - Gator Face Mask ($10.99)
    #8310 - PS50 Watch Cap ($14.95)
    #8049 - Lightweight PP Top ($14.99)
    #8050 - Lightweight PP Bottom ($14.99)
    #7810 - Quik Draw Boot Knife (LG)($32.95)  -   Better Price ($25.97) here, or ($26.50) here.
    #8577 - Hatch Operator Gloves ($42.99)
    #8325 - Camelbak Viper ($79.99)  -   Better Price ($59) here.


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