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If it's new on the web site, you'll find it on one of our announcement pages! Different topics will be of interest to you throughout your Marine's career. Chose from the categories of Marine Parents' web sites to the right. The most recent announcements will be at the top.

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 Military Appreciation Month 500 Flags Campaign
Added April 10, 2014

By the end of 2014 all American troops are scheduled to be withdrawn from Afghanistan, and the longest military conflict in our country's history will finally come to an end.

To commemorate this historic moment, we'd like to offer Marine supporters the opportunity to purchase an American flag to send to Afghanistan at our April 26 Care Package Project pack day in honor of Military Appreciation Month in May.

The idea is simple-we pack and ship 500 American flags to 500 deployed Marines on our next pack day so those Marines are able to fly their flag over their last base in Afghanistan before this tour of duty ends.

To learn more, or to donate a flag today, please click here...

 January 25, 2014 Pack Day Recap
Added January 27, 2014

January is here, and that meant it was time for’s first Care Package Project pack day of 2014! On Saturday, January 25, 45 volunteers, including 14 members of Boy Scout Troop 434 from Beaufort, MO, braved a cold, blustery morning to show their support for our troops by coming to our corporate office in Columbia, MO, to pack and ship care packages to Marines deployed to Afghanistan.

Click here to learn more...

 2014 Souper Hero Campaign
Added January 13, 2014

Marines are our super heroes every day. For the next two weeks, it's time to return the favor and to be their "Souper Heroes" as we try to reach our goal of raising $10,000 by Friday, Januray 24, so we are able to purchase the necessary supplies to keep our deployed Marines warm this winter. It may seem like a lofty goal, but with your kindness and generosity, we can reach it in no time!

Click here to learn more...

 Pack Day Registration is Open
Added January 7, 2014

Registration for our January 25, 2014 pack day is now open!

Click here to read more....

 Ephesians 6:15 Sock Ministry
Added October 22, 2013

In 2008, Karen Del Tatto began searching for a safe and secure support group to help her get through her Marine son-in-law’s deployment to Afghanistan. "I looked into 501(c) Charities and found the board," she says. "It was a network that allowed me to relate and help, and it gave me some reassurance while Garrett was deployed."

During a phone conversation with Garrett while he was in Afghanistan, he informed Karen that having new, clean socks was a much-desired luxury in combat zones. Upon learning this, Karen did some research and discovered Covert Threads, a company co-founded by a Marine Corps veteran that specializes in producing comfortable, durable military socks (their motto is “A sock for every clime and place!”).

Click here to read more....

MotoMail logo  MotoMail – electronic mail service
Added June 6, 2012

Your Marine is deployed in Afghanistan, with all that deployment entails. That can mean your Marine goes days or weeks without Internet service, days or weeks without being able to connect with you – and vice versa. The fastest way to send your Marine letters and photos is through MotoMail – a free electronic mail service that can deliver a confidential, sealed letter in as little as 24 hours...

Click here to learn more.

Dollar Campaign 2012  Support Our Troops: Dollar Campaign 2012
Added May 28, 2012

This will be our biggest Care Package Project™ of the year, and we need your help to make it a success. Just one dollar gets us closer to reaching our goal of $20,000 needed to send 1,800 care packages on July 28 to Marines in Afghanistan....

Click here to learn more and find out how to donate.

Added April 3, 2012

11.78 years - that’s how much time’s outreach program volunteers worked in 2011. April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, and, Inc., is proud to recognize and honor our volunteers for their dedication and hard work on Saturday, April 21, during our Care Package Project™ pack day...

Click here to read more

 Joseph Gross, Eagle Scout
Added April 3, 2012

Joseph Gross knew what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project, but first he had to convince his Scout leaders. After several meetings in which he argued his case, and with assurances from that his project was legitimate – and needed – Joseph got the go-ahead to organize and carry out a care package drive to benefit Marines...

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 Colin Moylan, Eagle Scout
Added April 1, 2012

Colin Moylan found all the inspiration he needed under his own roof. When he decided to plan, coordinate and complete a care package drive to benefit for his Eagle Scout project, Colin had a direct connection to the Marines: his brother, who joined in March 2011...

Click here to read more

 Jerry Whittle, Eagle Scout
Added March 28, 2012

When Jerry Whittle of Asbury, New Jersey, decided to organize a care package drive for as his Eagle Scout project, he knew he couldn’t do it alone. So he enlisted his fellow Scouts, friends, Scout leaders and other adults – 32 people in all. “The project was a great success...”

Click here to read more

 April 21, 2012 Packing Day for The Care Package Project™
Updated March 18, 2012

Our next Care Package Project™ pack day here at, Inc., is April 21, 2012, at the warehouse connected to our Columbia, Missouri, headquarters. Volunteer registration opens March 29 for individuals and groups, and you must register to attend...

Click here for more details

Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Event  The Lcpl Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Event
Updated March 18, 2012

Join the Lcpl Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund for their 4th annual 5 mile walk, run and ride on Saturday, May 5, 2012! All proceeds benefit the LCpl Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund. Participants are asked to pre-register by April 5, 2012 by sending your name, t-shirt size and $25.00 ($10.00 for children) to...

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 Chris Devine, Eagle Scout
Added March 18, 2012

The year is still young, but and Boy Scouts from across America are off to a great start in their partnership on Eagle Scout projects that benefit our Marines overseas. Chris Devine, a member of Columbia, Missouri’s Boy Scout Troop 121, held a care package drive for as his Eagle Scout project during the week of January 30, 2012.

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Marine Week Cleveland 2012  Marine Week Provides Up-Close Look
Updated March 18, 2012

Get ready to rock with the Marine Corps June 11-17, 2012 in the nation’s capital of Rock and Roll! The weeklong event, which celebrates community, country and Corps, is free and open to the public, making it a great way to connect with our heroes.

Click here for full article...

 We Need Your Help Shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines Girl Scout Cookie Shipping Fundraiser
Added March 7, 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, is shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines in combat zones! We have 800 cases – or, 9,600 boxes – of Girl Scout Cookies® arriving in April. To ship the cookies to Marines in Afghanistan war zones, we need to raise $10,120 – and to reach our goal, we need your help.

Click here to learn more...

Souper Heroes Drive!  Help with our "Souper Heroes Drive!"
Added January 5, 2012

We'll be packing 1200 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan this Jan 21st and among the contents we want to include two cans of soup for our heroes. Our deployed Marines need to know that we're behind them, and we need your help to meet our goal!

Click here to donate an 8-pack of soup for The Care Package Project™.

  • Click here to learn more and watch our progress.
  • Click here to talk about this on Marine Family Network (MFN)!

4-Year-Old Aedyn and His CPP Donations  4 Year Old Requests Care Package Donations Instead of Birthday Presents
Added November 3, 2011

A little boy named Aedyn decided that for his 4th birthday party, he wanted guests to bring care package donations for Marines overseas instead of birthday presents. He thought that they needed things more than he did, so his mom requested in the birthday invitation that guests pick items from our Care Package Project™ needed items list instead of bringing presents for Aedyn. Sometimes the youngest of hearts can have the most generous of souls.

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Packing Care Packages with Gunny Pop  Read About the Events of Our October 29th Pack Day
Added November 2, 2011

Our October 29th pack day was one to remember. More than 100 volunteers came from all over the country to pack nearly 962 care packages alongside Purple Heart Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nick “Gunny Pop” Popaditch. Gunny Pop spoke to the group before the packing began to thank the volunteers for their hard work in assembling the packages and to remind them how important it is for the public to send our troops “a little piece of home.” After the speech Gold Star mom Sandy Deraps said a little prayer and the packing began.

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Marine Corps Birthday Box Campaign  Marine Corps Birthday Box Campaign for Deployed Marines
Added August 31, 2011

Take part in one of the most celebrated Marine Corps traditions, the Marine Corps Birthday!

We are holding our annual Birthday Box Campaign from September 1 through October 29, and we are asking for donations of birthday cards and "gifts" to include in 1200 birthday-themed care packages we'll ship to deployed Marines.

Click here to learn how you can help!

Thank You from a Marine  Thank You from a Marine
Added August 4, 2011

We recently received this "Thank You" postcard from a Marine who has received several care packages from us. His mother has volunteered with The Care Package Project™ and often donates content for the packages.

Click here to view the postcard.

Covert Threads  Comfort for our Marines' Soles
Added August 3, 2011

A woman from Rhode Island, Karen, and her husband, Mike, who is a pastor, donated 329 pairs of Covert Threads socks that were included in the care packages we sent on July 23rd.

For those who have never heard of Covert Threads, they are the most ideal socks for deployed Marines.

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July 23 CPP Pack Day  Registration for July 23 Pack Day is Open!
Added July 6, 2011

Registration is now open for our July 23rd pack day. Come out and join us for the day! After packing 1200 care packages for our Marines we'll be serving a lunch of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and giving our volunteers and Marine families a chance to connect and share. We'll also share some of our most recent outreach work through photos and stories. We hope to see you there!

Click here to learn more and to register.

Donate Your Dollar!  Donate $1 to The Care Package Project™ Dollar Campaign
Added June 2, 2011

Our summer Dollar Campaign is back! We're asking website visitors to each send one dollar in an envelope to help fund our next shipment of 1200 care packages on July 23rd. Our goal is to raise $12,500, and we know we can reach it if everyone sends in just $1! Mail your dollar to:, Inc.
Attn: Care Package Campaign
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205

To learn more, click here.
To donate online, click here.

MFN  Marine Family Network Launches
Added May 19, 2011

Attention Marine and recruit families! The message boards of Marine Parents, Recruit Parents and What’s after Boot are moving to a new platform that allows greater opportunity to share with one another.

Marine Family Network is an online community that keeps all of our Marine families in the same interface for the duration of their Marine’s career in the Corps. The migration to the new platform is under way. The current message boards will close by early June 2011.

Visit to learn more and get signed up today!

A Marine Mom Sends Her Heart Overseas  A Marine Mom Sends Her Heart Overseas
Added May 4, 2011

On our April 30th pack day our Care Package Project™ coordinator asked me to help a Marine mom who wanted to pack a care package for her son, who was deploying that very morning from Hawaii. It was his first deployment, confirmed by the pained expression on his mother’s face. I told her she could pack the box with whatever content she found on our packing lines and offered to hold the box for her while she perused the items and placed them inside. She politely but firmly declined my offer, and I worried later that my offer had been somewhat insensitive, though that wasn’t my intent.

Click here to keep reading...

Watch Us on Extreme Makeover Home Edition  Watch Us Pack Extreme Care Packages on Extreme Makeover Home Edition!
Added April 15, 2011

Tune in May 1st at 8/7 CST to watch Marine Parents and The Care Package Project™ pack EXTREME care packages on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition!

Click here to learn more....

Please help us with our current CPP campaign! We're still $10,000 short in funds to ship 14,400 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to our deployed Marines.

Click here to donate to this campaign.

Girl Scout Cookie Shipping Campaign  Girl Scout Cookies for the Marines!
Added April 8, 2011

It's that time of the year again! We're shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines stationed in combat zones on our April 30th pack day, and we need your help with shipping costs.

These cookies are not only a special treat for our troops, but they are also a comforting reminder of home. Our goal is to raise the full amount it's going to cost for us to ship 1200 flat rate boxes of 14,400 boxes of cookies, about $15,000, by April 30.

Click here for more information.
Click here to make a donation.

Luncheon  You're Invited! MarineParents Luncheon
Added March 23, 2011

On April 30, after 1200 care packages have been packed and shipped, volunteers and Marine families and friends are invited to attend a casual luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott. You won't want to miss our special guest speaker!

Click here to learn more about the luncheon!
Click here to learn more about the pack day!

Donate CPP Items  Spring Care Package Project™ Campaign: Donate Hygiene Items!
Added February 25, 2011

Our deployed Marines are without the small comforts of home that we sometimes take for granted. They often don't have access to shower facilities, so let's ship them some substitutes! We are collecting donations of baby wipes and toothbrushes to include in the care packages we'll assemble on our April 30th Pack Day. You can purchase these items from our EGA Store, and they'll ship directly to our Care Package Project™ warehouse.

Click here for more information!
Click here to donate wipes and toothbrushes!

The Care Package Project™ Will be Assembling Care Packages on Extreme Makeover Home Edition!  The Care Package Project™ Will be Assembling Care Packages on Extreme Makeover Home Edition!
Added January 11, 2010

We weren't able to disclose any specific information until now, but....

The extreme care packages we have been talking about for weeks will actually be featured on the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition! ABC will be shooting footage of Marine Parents and the Care Package Project™ assembling care packages in Beaufort, South Carolina in conjunction with the demolition and rebuilding of a home.

Click here for more information!

Care Package Project™ to be in South Carolina Jan. 13th!  Care Package Project™ to be in South Carolina January 13th!
Added December 29, 2010

Marine Parents and The Care Package Project™ have exciting news! The Care Package Project™ will be packing care packages in Beaufort, South Carolina, on January 13. We wanted to give Marine families and supporters who don't live near our Missouri-based office the opportunity to participate in this incredible show of troop support. If you live in the southeast region of the U.S. we would love for you to come out and volunteer with us!

Click here for more information and to register as a volunteer in South Carolina!

Join Us for an Outreach Dinner on January 22nd  Join Us for an Outreach Dinner on January 22nd
Added December 29, 2010

On the evening of our January 22nd pack day, after all boxes are filled and ready to be shipped overseas, join us for a casual night of food, drinks and camaraderie.

Marine Parents is hosting an outreach dinner at the Courtyard Marriott right down the street, where Marine families, friends and supporters will have the opportunity to hear Marine Cpl. Aaron Mankin tell his inspiring story about recovering from an IED explosion in Iraq.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Registration for January 22nd Pack Day is Open!  Registration for January 22nd Pack Day is Open!
Added December 29, 2010

We will be packing and shipping care packages for Marines in Afghanistan on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Come volunteer your time in our packing facility at our corporate office in Columbia, Missouri. It's a great way to support our troops, and we have a lot of fun! If you need overnight accomodations, there are $59 rooms at the Courtyard Marriott just a mile down the road. Call 573-443-8000 and ask for the "Marine Parents Rate" to qualify.

Click here for more information on the pack day and to register as a volunteer.

Join us in packing care packages on Nov. 6th!  Registration for November 6th Pack Day is Open!
Added October 14, 2010

We will be packing and shipping care packages for Marines in Afghanistan on Saturday, November 6th, 2010. Come volunteer your time in our packing facility at our corporate office in Columbia, Missouri. There are discounted rates at the hotel just a mile down the road. Just call our office at (573) 449-2003, option 3 and we will make the reservation for you.

Click here for more information on the pack day, and we hope to see you there!

Let’s Help the Marines Celebrate Their 235th Birthday!  Write Birthday Cards and Letters for Marines Overseas!
Added October 8, 2010

The Marine Corps will be 235 years old this November 10th, so let’s say Happy Birthday!

We would like to include a birthday card or letter in every care package we are shipping on November 6th to let the Marines know we are thinking about them on this important day. We are only about a month away from our care package pack day, and we are very short on birthday cards to send. YOU can really help us out by writing out a few birthday cards or letters to the Marines and sending them to the address below. This is a great way to support the troops!

You can also purchase Marine Corp birthday cards in packages from our EGA Store by clicking here. Just write a special note on the inside and send them to:, Inc.
Attn: Happy Birthday Marine!
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205

Thank you for supporting the Marines on their birthday!

Birthday Box Campaign  Marine Corps Birthday Box Campaign 2010
Added October 8, 2010

Let's tell the Marines Happy Birthday! On November 6th we will be shipping birthday-themed care packages to Marines overseas in celebration of the Marine Corps birthday. The Marines will be 235 years old this year, so let's help them celebrate!

Our warehouse was nearly cleared out on our last pack day, so we are much in need of donated items. We are holding a birthday box campaign and asking for contributions of foot powder, Hormel Turkey Dinners and baby wipes. Visit our Amazon Wish List page to purchase any of these items and have them shipped directly to our warehouse for free!

Another way you can help is by sending us birthday cards and letters to put in the care packages. Make this Marine Corps birthday special for the Marines overseas...contribute to our birthday box campaign today!

Click here to visit the November 6th Pack Day page.

Care Package Drives  Summer Drives 2010 for Marines in Afghanistan
Added July 13, 2010

This is the summer of drives! We're holding two drives for items to ship to Marines and we're asking YOU to hold a drive in your community as well. Our warehouse is virtually empty and we've got to ship 1100 care packages to Marines in Afghanistan on August 28. We've got the funding well under way with the Dollar Campaign, and now we need the products to send! Join Marine Parents in covering the essentials our troops need. Contribute to one of our care package drives today!
Click here to learn more…
Click here for August 28 Pack Day Info…

ALERT!  BEWARE! Not Our Care Package Project™
Added June 29, 2010

It has been brought to our attention that some folks are soliciting donations door-to-door for a “Care Package Campaign” sponsored by Prize Point. BEWARE! This is NOT our Care Package Project™ and we do NOT conduct door-to-door fundraising. We suggest you contact your local police department to report door-to-door solicitations for donations.

Click here to learn more…

Pepsi Refresh  Give One Minute a Day for Wounded Warriors
Added April 1, 2010

Attention Marine families and supporters! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Marine Parents outreach program, Purple Heart Hero Support™, is in the running for a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant and we need your vote to win the competition!

With the Pepsi Grant, we will be able to turn our 200 meals a year served in 2 hospitals into 20,000 meals served a year in 4 hospitals. There are many great ideas out there, but who could be a more worthy recipient than our Wounded Warriors and their families?

Take one minute a day to vote for our Wounded Warriors!

Click here to watch the You Tube video and learn how to vote!

Disney  Winding Down Program
Added March 12, 2010

The folks at Disney have reached their goal of celebrating one million volunteers! All volunteers who already registered to "Give a Day. Get a Disney Day." should proceed as planned. However, we will no longer be able to accept additional Disney volunteers.

We congratulate Disney on their completion of a successful program and thank all the volunteers who gave their time and energy with sincere generosity.

Creative Fundraising for our Marines  Creative Fundraising for our Marines
Added March 2, 2010

You can help raise funds to ship care packages to Marines in combat zones just by getting a little creative! We have two unique fundraising stories to share with you to help give you an idea of what others have done in the past. One story includes a church in Massachusetts and $1.00 for each of the members in the congregation. Another story involves a dress down day at the office; the price to dress down? A $5.00 donation in support of our Marines in combat zones.
Click here to see what’s especially unique about that office…

News Coverage for The Care Package Project™  News Coverage for The Care Package Project™
Added November 5, 2009

On Saturday, October 31st, over 100 volunteers packed and shipped over 1,000 care packages for Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Marine Parents warehouse and office space was held the same day. KOMU Channel 8 stopped by and reported on the day's events.
Click here to watch the video...

All-States Challenge  All-States Challenge
Added September 25, 2009

We've set a new goal and will be sending over 12,000 care packages in the next year, starting with our Marine Corps birthday boxes this coming October 31. We want our Marines to have care packages from sponsors in all 50 states! We're challenging each state to come up with monthly sponsors for 20 care packages each month for the coming year. Gather your friends and watch our progress as your state reaches and maintains the goal of 20 care packages per state.
Click here to learn more and watch our progress…

Fund Raising for the Care Package Project™  Fund Raising for The Care Package Project™
Added June 17, 2009

Team Marine Parents™ participants are actively preparing for their events and raising donations toward their chosen outreach program and goal. Make your next donation to The Care Package Project™ in support of a Team Marine Parents™ participant’s goal and watch their progress as the goal meter updates!
To view participant bio pages and learn how to donate toward a participant’s goal, Click here...
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