Fill Boxes for Our Troops

June 21, 2018

In July, CCF will once again be collecting items across all Carrington offices to send to our troops overseas. Some rarely receive mail, so sending comfort items, non-perishable snacks, and personal care products shows there are people back home who care. Last summer more than 1,000 boxes went out from Carrington teams.

This year the Boxes for Our Troops drive will again be a contest among locations. “We look for the highest ratio of boxes packed and sent per participants in each group that takes part,” explains Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations, Carrington Charitable Foundation. “The winner of each category gets a prize from CCF.”

Here's how it works
1. Each team will sign up via email with Shelly Lawrence​.
2. Teams will be divided into groups of 50-plus participants and groups with fewer than 50. 
3. Each group will be assigned a specific military outfit overseas who'll receive the boxes.
4. Team Signups are due July 13.
5. We want to have all boxes packed and shipped by August 3. ​​

If you have friends or loved ones in any of the five branches of the military serving abroad to whom you’d like to send boxes, email their names and addresses directly to Shelly by July 13. They must be military addresses of active service members deployed overseas. No U.S. addresses will be accepted.

Once you’re registered, your team captain will receive instructions on how to get the special USPS flat-rate boxes and forms. Then you and your team will collect goods such as travel-sized toiletries, bath needs, baby powder and wipes, tissue packs, hand sanitizer, lip balm, non-perishable snacks (chips, pretzels, popcorn), candy (no chocolate), small toys for children, various balls for sports, and current magazines. Be sure to include a greeting card with a note signed by team members to show your support.

Outside fundraising is encouraged. Get friends and family involved.

“During the past several years, the Boxes for Our Troops CCF initiative has become a favorite for both my teams and me,” says Michael Dorner, SVP, Carrington Property Services, in Anaheim. “It’s such an important reminder to our deployed service members worldwide to know they are in our thoughts and prayers, even if they are not known to us personally.”

Dorner says the boxes had special significance for him in 2017. “Both my son and daughter-in-law were deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army and were the recipients of many boxes. They received so many, in fact, that they were able to share not only with their fellow soldiers, but also with those deployed in the other services. The ability to send some creature comforts from home is a time-honored tradition, and is so important to morale.”