The Forest Lake Rotary Interact Club invites you to participate in their 3rd annual Military Care Package Drive. The drive will run from November 9th-19th with the help of Hugo Yellow Ribbon Network, ShiptoMilitary, and the Forest Lake Rotary Club. It will send care packages with food, hygiene, and entertainment items, as well as handwritten letters, to deployed Minnesotan troops. The ways in which you can help are listed below. 

Our partner, ShiptoMilitary, has researched and discovered that only 50% of soldiers who serve receive a care package. Care packages provide our service members with hope, joy, and the comfort of home. Every year we receive letters in return from service members expressing their gratitude for the generosity of the Forest Lake community. 
Thank you for your support, and let's make this drive a success together, supporting those who risk their lives for our freedom, and thanking them for their service. 
  1. Donate to our GoFundMe here. Money raised will go towards shipping costs and purchasing more items
  2. View us on Instagram at @rotaryinteractcares and Facebook here for updates
  3. Donate items from our list below (please pay careful attention to the restrictions listed) and drop them off in your school’s office
  4. Handwrite letters or make artwork and drop them off in your school’s office, or email them to (these are some of the most cherished items soldiers recieve)
  5. Get your business involved by donating money, a product you sell, or letters from your employees. Please contact us for more details
  6. Support us this Sunday, November 7th at our Cub Foods bagging fundraiser in Forest Lake, with the assistance of FLHS National Honor Society
  7. Support us on Saturday, November 20th from 4-8pm at Forest Lake Chipotle by mentioning Rotary Interact at checkout, showing our flyer, or using the code WVDVQP7 with your online order 
  8. Email us at for more information or with any questions
To view the item list and Chipotle Fundraiser flyer, scroll down.

Military Care Package Drive Item List
  • Everything must be new/unopened
  • The smaller the items the better (must fit in a 12 X 12 X 5 ½ box)
  • Homemade food items are not allowed
  • We would like a variety of items, so if you are wondering what items are most needed at the moment please email us at
Food Items  - Must be non-perishable and not need refrigeration
  • Hot chocolate, Tea, Coffee/Keurig, Creamer Packets
  • Chex Mix, Pretzels, Cookies, Rice Krispie Bars
  • Gold Fish, Ritz, Triscuits, Pringles, Assorted Crackers
  • Hard Candies
    • Skittles, Starbursts, Suckers, Red Hots, Butterscotch, Root Beer Barrels, Gobstoppers, Twizzlers, Smarties, Sweet Tarts, Jolly Ranchers, Taffy, Air Heads, Jelly Beans, Caramels, Fruit Snacks
    • Chocolate Candy is NOT preferred as it can melt
  • Gum, Breath Mints, Tic Tacs
  • Jerky (a favorite of many soldiers), Slim Jims, Tuna
  • Popcorn, Crunch & Munch
  • Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Raisins
  • Breakfast Bars, Granola, Granola Bars, Protein/Energy Bars
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Peanut Butter, Nutella (must be small packs)
  •  Energy Drink/Water Flavoring Packets, Liquid Water Flavorings
    • Mio, Kool-Aid, Ocean Spray, Gatorade
  • Ramen, Maruchan Noodles, Uncle Ben’s Meals
  • Variety of Raw Nuts
  • Ravioli, Stews, Soup (pull tab top only)
  • Mac & Cheese (single serve)
Hygiene Items - Travel size items preferred, no aerosol or products with alcohol
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Floss, Mouth Wash
  • Shower Gel, Body Wash, Bar Soap
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Deodorant, Razors (disposable)
  • Nail Clippers, Nail Files
  • Tampons, Pads, Liners
  • Foot Powders
  • Combs, Brushes, Hairbinders
  • Chapstick, Carmex, Lip Balms
  • Sunscreen, Vaseline, Hand Cream, Lotion
  • Baby/Cottonelle Type Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer (Bottles/Wipes) and Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Eye Glass Cleaner (Spray/Wipes) and Cloths
  • Band-Aids, Q-Tips, Kleenex (pocket-size)
  • Cough Drops
  • Medicine
    • Advil, Tylenol, etc.
  • Wash Clothes, Shower Net Scrubbies  
Entertainment Items
  • Books, Magazines
  • Crosswords, Sudoku, Word Games, Puzzle Books
  • Playing Cards, Uno, Skip-Bo
  • Cribbage, Board Games (be cautious of size)
  • Sporting Balls and Equipment
    • Basketball, Football, Soccer, Baseballs + Gloves, Tennis Balls, Frisbees, Hacky-Sack
    • Hand Pumps & Needles to Reinflate
  • Notecards, Stationary so they can write
  • Pens, Pencils, Spiral Notebooks, Coloring Books
  • Postage Stamps
Miscellaneous Items
  • Fly Bait, Sticky’s, Swatters, and Electric Zappers
  • Black/Tan/Green Heavy Duty Boot Socks
  • Hand Warmers
  • $25 Prepaid Gift Cards for Calls Home (Visa, Mastercard, etc.)
  • Clorox, Lysol Wipes
  • Zip Locks
  • Handwritten Letters and Artwork to soldiers would be greatly appreciated, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me
  • Some ideas: Thank You for your service letters, artwork with encouraging/inspiring quotes/notes, USA themed art   
List created with help from The Mission Project, ShiptoMilitary, and Hugo Yellow Ribbon Network