Collection of Items for U.S. Troops

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House will be collecting

requested items through February 2010


Monetary Donations

To defray the cost of shipping care packages by Hanscom Air Force Base (please make checks payable to "Hanscom CGOC")


  • Hairbrushes
  • Toothbrushes, floss
  • Baby wipes/moist towelettes
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Soap (bars, waterless, liquid body wash)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Skin lotion
  • Disposable razors
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex (travel-size packets)

Personal Care Items

  • Sunblock
  • Aloe vera
  • Throat lozenges
  • Eye drops (to relieve irritation from blowing sand)
  • Lip balm
  • Aspirin, Motrin, Tylenol
  • Saline drops (for sensitive nasal passages)
  • Q-tips
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Jock itch spray
  • Boot liners/insoles
  • Lotrimin AF for athletes foot (tube, not spray)
  • Foot powder, baby powder, Shower-to-Shower
  • Moleskin (for pads on sore feet)
  • Laundry soap (small packages, trial sizes, or tablets)

Communication Items

  • Phone cards (ensure they can be used outside the U.S.)
  • Blank greeting cards, envelopes, paper, pens
  • Pocket-sized notebooks
  • Disposable cameras
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary (English-Arabic)

Other Supplies

  • Plastic spoons
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C)
  • Newspaper clippings, Sunday comics
  • Paperback books
  • Magazines (no older than 3 months)
  • Astronomy charts/books
  • Sunglasses (goggle-type especially)
  • Eyeglass wipes
  • Underwear, socks/green boot socks, T-shirts
  • Tactical duct tape (military green, tan, black, gray), electrical tape
  • All sizes of ziplock-type plastic bags

Fun Stuff

  • Frisbee, Nerf footballs, Hacky Sack
  • Playing cards
  • Hand-held/pocket versions of popular games (chess, checkers, board games)
  • Crossword puzzles

Food Items

  • Instant coffee, tea bags, hot cocoa mix
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • Gum, Lifesavers, mints


Notes:  Orchard House will not collect items that do not appear on this list.   Items may either be dropped off at Orchard House during hours of operation or left in the collection box inside the front gate.


Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
399 Lexington Road
PO Box 343
Concord, MA 01742

Phone:   978.369.4118
General Fax:  978.369.1367

Shop Fax:  978.369.9611


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