Everyone loves Christmas -- even young, single service members living in the barracks!
Roughly 2/3 of our fighting forces are single men and women.
They serve... and they deserve (to have a special Christmas, too)
You can help us spread Christmas cheer to Single Service Members Through Operation Christmas Spirit:
Our focus here is to provide Christmas cheer to single service members who will spend Christmas in the barracks or work through the holidays, away from family.
HOW CAN I HELP?
This is entirely flexible based on how many heroes you want to serve and your budget. We do NOT provide individual wish lists for single service members, which means, the sky is the limits for what you want to include and what form/format you'd like your gifts to come in. Any gesture or gift will be appreciated, big or small (see pictures above) and OHH will take to the gifts collected to the specific base you choose the week before Christmas to distribute to our heroes in the barracks.
- WWMD Gift Basket (WHAT WOULD MOM DO?): filled with anything you would give your own 18-26 year old son or daughter.
- Gift of Entertainment: A package with sources of entertainment such as gift cards (Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, Game Stop, Amazon, iTunes,), movies or movie tickets, cards, board games, mini golf game, mini basketball hoop, charging station, etc.
- Pamper a Hero: A laundry basket with new sheets (single), a pillow, towels, slippers, a robe, candy, hot chocolate, a Christmas movie and a Domino's pizza gift card to order dinner in.
- Mini Christmas: A small table top Christmas tree with decorations and 1-3 small gifts wrapped for under the tree.
- Movie Night: Candy, movie or movie gift card, popcorn and a soda.
- A Christmas Care Package: Box up non-perishable, microwavable foods, a small Christmas tree and decorations, a couple of small gifts to put under their tree, a Christmas movie and music.
- Bathroom in a Bucket: A utility bucket filled with gifts like toiletries, fun gadgets, a towel, a bath mat, hand soap, hand towel and anything that can make a barracks bathroom feel warm and cozy.
- Stocking Suffer: Stocking filled with candy, a gift card to a local restaurant or movie ticket, and popcorn.
- Angel Tree: Set up a tree at your school, church or place of business with ornaments that include an item you would like purchased to include in your single service member collections. Make sure to note who took each ornament so you know who will be retuning the item to you for inclusion. If you choose to do this type of collection and need more assistance or have questions please email Wendy @ email@example.com.
Use the form below to give us directions and add an online donation, and we will do the shopping for you. You can even upload a personalized Christmas message for us to attach to your gift.
Where are the single Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen who would receive my gifts?
This year our focus will be on the following geographic areas for barracks/single service member deliveries:
- SoCal (Pendleton, Mirimar, 29 Palms)
- DC Metro Area (Quantico, and DC)
- Camp Lejeune, NC
- San Antonio, TX (Fort Sam Houston)
- Fort Drum, NY
- Yuma, AZ
- Colorado Springs, Co (Fort Carson)
Important Dates for This Year's Program:
- Now through December 5th: Sign up to spread Christmas cheer to single service members
- December 10th: Suggested deadline for your angel tree collections to come back to you.
- December 15th: Deadline for mailed packages
- December 13th-16th: Gift drop off events at various locations-- unless arrangements are made otherwise
- December 20th-23rd: Barracks deliveries-- your gifts and food will be dropped off to single service members in the barracks or given to unit commands to distribute to those they know will be in the barracks for the holidays.
WE WILL POST PICTURES OF GIFT DROP-OFFS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR YOU TO ENJOY THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THESE YOUNG HEROES. THESE BLESSINGS ARE SO APPRECIATED, NOT ONLY BY OUR MILITARY, BUT THEY ALSO GIVE COMFORT TO FAMILIES BACK HOME THAT ARE NOT ABLE TO BE WITH THEIR LOVED ONE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND KNOW A GRATFUL AMERICAN IS TAKING CARE OF THEIR SON OR DAUGHTER.