USA River Rats, Inc



ITEMS REQUESTED BY OUR TROOPS

CANNOT ACCEPT these items:

 

PORNOGRAPHY OF ANY KIND

GLASS BOTTLES or GLASS JARS

AEROSOL CANS or SPRAYS

EXPIRED FOOD

CANNED FOOD

LIGHTERS, MATCHES or LIGHTER FLUID

HOTEL SAMPLES

VHS TAPES

 

Items in BOLD are the MOST NEEDED & REQUESTED!

 

CORRESPONDENCE:
Writing Paper and Envelopes

Pens/Pencils

Note: Our troops do not need stamps as they're in war zones & may send mail home to their loved ones at no charge.

 

FOOD and SNACKS:

Beef Jerky / Slim Jims

COFFEE (Ground or whole; instant or drip), Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas

Instant Drink Mixes (Gatorade, KoolAid, Crystal Light)

Pumpkin Seeds / Sunflower Seeds (salted)

Tuna in foil pouches (no cans)

Protein Powders / Protein Bars / Cliff Bars

Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins

Gum and Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped)

Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars

Small Packs of Fig Newtons, Oreos, CheeseIts

Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit RollUps / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies

DRY SOUP: (Ramen Noodles / CupOSoup: just add water)

NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted)

MICROWAVE FOOD (Popcorn, ChefBoyRDee, Mac'n'Cheese...)

COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. Feb. only!)

Cheese & Cracker packs

Fruit Breezes (throat drops)

Twizzlers

Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)

Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)

Cereal (Small, individual boxes)

Rice Krispie Treats (Storebought only)

Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)

 

TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!

Baby wipes (travel size)

Liquid Hand Sanitizer (travel size)

Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser

Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)

Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)

Combs / Brushes, Bobby Pins

Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)

Nasal Spray

Deodorant (travel size)

Razors (disposable: "Intuition" or "Mach 3" type)

Shaving Cream / Shaving Soap (in boxes or tubes; NO CANS of Shaving Cream, please!)

Cotton Swabs (i.e. Qtips)

Bandaids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits

Lip balm / Chap Stick

Baby Powder & Foot Powder (travel size)

Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths

Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)

Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel

Bug Spray / DEET / SkinSoSoft

Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)

Mouthwash (travel size)

Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss

VITAMINS (multivitamins are always needed!)

Breath Mints / Breath Strips

Lozenges / Cough Drops

Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers

Feminine Hygiene Products

Cotton Balls

Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets

Moleskin

Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)

 

ENTERTAINMENT and SPORTS:

Batteries: “AA” "AAA" and “C” are the most requested

DVD Movies (new or used)

Xbox Games (new or used)

PS2 Games (new or used)

Portable CD players / head phones

Small homemade gifts little comforts of "home"

Doublesided tape

Day planners / Small, Pocket Calendars

Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku

YoYo's, Dominoes, playing cards, poker chips, dice

Board games (UNO, Othello, checkers travel size is great, too!)

Nerf footballs / Whiffle balls / Mitts / Sports equipment

Frisbees / Hackey sacks

Electronic handheld games

35 mm disposable cameras

Flash Drives, Thumb Drives for laptop computers

CD Fanny Packs
CDs
Tapes

 

OTHER:

Linens: Pillow cases, twin sheets, towels (green & tan)

TShirts: Cotton green & tan under shirts (Sizes: M, L & XL)

Laundry Detergent: (Click HERE for types)

Small Flashlights (battery operated)

Air Fresheners

Socks: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton and/or wool)

Patriotic knickknacks: USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners.

Generic sunglasses

Plastic spoons

Baggies (with zip lock)

Flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs, lots of batteries)

Fans (battery powered - small - with extra batteries)

Fly Strips

Fly Swatters

Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Socks (cushioned white calf high)

Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind up or batteryoperated)

Black or Green duct tape, small tool kits, dust masks, carpentry tools, Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug

repellant in plastic pump bottles only (NO AEROSOL CANS, PLEASE!)

Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings

Small toys & school supplies for Iraqi & Afghani children

Small portable heaters & fans (110 voltage okay)

Coffee Makers (110 voltage okay) & coffee filters!

Microwave Ovens (55 lbs max; 110 voltage okay)

Small hot pots

Winter Hats & Blankets (Yes, it snows in the winter over there!)

Combat Application Tourniquets (black only)

Holiday Decorations

 

K9 items

Science Diet DRY Dog Food, Kong toys, Latex Toys, Furminator® Brushes

 

CARDS & LETTERS

The troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days! These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can

send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing! Consider making a patriotic banner or poster

to send in one of our care packages!

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation and support!