Who We Are

Operation Shoebox embraces a practical mission of providing hands-on support for our troops deployed overseas. It is the mission of Operation Shoebox to meet the needs of every actively deployed soldier that requests a care package.
From assembling care packages filled with essentials like coffee, socks, toothpaste, and candy, to writing encouraging letters, organizing fundraisers, and gathering supplies for those in active deployment. Operation Shoebox is unwavering in its dedication to honoring each soldier with care and respect.

We send between 350 and 400 packages a week.
Shipping costs are $14,000 per month!


Founded in 2003 by military mom Mary Harper, Operation Shoebox emerged from a heartfelt desire to support deployed troops. While five of her children, along with two sons-in-law, were serving in various locations worldwide, Mary learned from them that troops often lacked care packages and mail. Determined to make a difference, she rolled up her sleeves and initiated an informal care package project right from her living room.

Recognizing that our troops receive the essential necessities such as meals and shelter from the U.S. military, Mary understood the importance of uplifting their morale through practical tokens of kindness. She sought to provide snacks, personal care items, entertainment, and heartfelt thank-you notes to the men and women stationed around the world.

Driven by her dedication, Mary’s homegrown project swiftly blossomed into a full-fledged nonprofit organization. Within just a few years, her remarkable efforts were acknowledged at the White House, where she was honored for her profound work in support of the men and women of the armed forces.

Today, Mary continues her unwavering mission at the Operation Shoebox headquarters in Florida. The organization diligently ships between 350-400 care packages each week, reaching troops far and wide. In 2012 alone, an incredible 114 tons of supplies were sent to hardworking members of the U.S. military stationed around the world.

Regardless of the global events shaping foreign policy, Mary’s commitment remains steadfast. With tireless dedication, Operation Shoebox continues to make a meaningful impact, spreading joy and support to our courageous troops.

Together, let us express our gratitude and join the cause in supporting those who serve our nation with valor and sacrifice.

When you make a tax-deductible donation to Operation Shoebox, you can take pride in the fact that 100% of your gift goes directly towards covering shipping costs and providing essential supplies for our care packages. On average, our monthly shipping costs range from $11,000 to $17,000.

By contributing to our mission, you have the opportunity to honor the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces every single day. Your support helps us ensure that our troops receive the care and comfort they deserve while they are serving far from home.

Join us today in making a meaningful impact and expressing our gratitude to those who selflessly protect our freedoms.

Our Stores

As a means to raise funds for sending our care packages, we have established a used furniture store and a thrift store. Everything you see in our stores is generously donated by members of our surrounding community. We offer a wide variety of reasonably priced items in both locations.

In our thrift store, you can discover a diverse range of goods, from clothing and accessories to household items such as dishes, silverware, and decor. Our furniture store boasts an extensive selection, including couches, recliners, dining room tables, and bedroom furniture.

All proceeds generated from our stores are dedicated to shipping care packages overseas. By shopping in our stores, you directly contribute to boosting the morale of our troops deployed overseas and far from home.

Not only can you find great deals and unique items in our stores, but you also actively support our mission to provide comfort and support to our brave servicemen and women. Your patronage helps us deliver care packages filled with love and appreciation to those who selflessly serve our country.

Visit our stores today and join us in making a difference. Together, we can deliver the comfort of home and a smile to the faces of our troops deployed overseas.

Thank you for your support.

**Due to lack of storage space and demand, we are currently not accepting the following items**

• Large Entertainment Centers

• Pinters

• CRT Televisions (Glass Type)

Thrift Store

8360 East Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420

Tuesday – Friday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Furniture Store

5940 SE Hames Road
Belleview, FL 34420

Tuesday – Friday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Operation Shoebox is an independent 501 (c) 3 non profit organization founded in 2003.

It is not associated with any of the following:


Operation Shoebox New Jersey

Dino’s Operation Shoebox

Operation Shoebox UK

Operation Shoebox V

Operation Christmas Child

To review assessments of Operation Shoebox as a non profit organization, we invite you to visit the following page: GuideStar: Operation Shoebox

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