Frequently Asked Questions

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I would like to send supplies. Where should they be sent?

All supply donations go to the Operation International Children (OIC) Warehouse, at this address:

Operation International Children

1529 Atlantic

North Kansas City, MO  64116


Do we have any materials for use in promoting an OIC collection?

Yes. Please contact us for more information. You may also create your own materials, tailored to your collection. We are happy to provide photos for you to use. Copies of this Donor Information Sheet may also come in handy.

Does OIC accept any additional donations beyond school supplies?

OIC is currently collecting soccer balls and other sports equipment, blankets, backpacks, shoes and tarps in addition to accepted school supplies. Please include a Donor Information Sheet with your donation.

Do we need volunteers?

Yes. If you are in the Kansas City area, we are seeking assistance with assembling school kits at the OIC Warehouse.
Click here for more information.

When is the deadline for sending in supplies or donating money?

There is no deadline. This program is on going and will continue until further notice, and we are now reaching out into new communities in need, including Afghanistan and Djibouti.There is a great need for school supplies. Keep them coming! Thank you!

Instead of creating school supply kits, I would like to simply donate money to OIC. Can I do that?

Of course! Just click on this link "Donations" for instructions on how to contribute monetarily. One hundred percent of all monetary donations are used to support the project. Thank you for your generosity!

Will OIC pay shipping costs from my location?

No. Donors should send their school supply kit packages to the OIC Warehouse. The address is listed above. From there, we will ship them overseas. OIC's monetary donors' generosity reduces donor shipping costs dramatically, but donors must pay to ship their packages to Kansas City. In most cases, these costs are not prohibitive. Please see our school supplies page for details and suggestions on raising funds.

In the past, many supplies donors have contacted local trucking companies who have offered up space on trucks already traveling through Kansas City. Taking monetary donations at a community collection could also support shipping costs.

I would like to donate items that aren't on your school supply kit list. May I do that?

While it is tempting to add items that fall outside OIC guidelines, we ask that donors stick to the list. Including non-listed items greatly slows the passage through customs and creates much more work for volunteers who handle the packages, as well as for the troops who donate their time and effort to distribute supplies. The content of the list reflects our lengthy experience with generating donations that are most needed, easy to clear through customs, and easy to sort and distribute.

May I send used materials?

Due to the fact that used materials may be perceived as insulting to the recipients and create a disparity in the quality of items that each child receives, we ask that all donated items be new.

I'm not part of a group. Can I still donate school supply kits?

Sure! OIC was created to encourage all people to assist troops in helping children.

Since OIC donations go through the OIC Warehouse prior to shipment, are American troops still involved in OIC?

Absolutely. One of the principal goals of OIC is to foster goodwill between American troops and the residents of the countries where they are deployed. This is accomplished by sending donations from our warehouse directly to American troops. The troops then personally deliver and distribute the donations.

May I enclose a letter to the children who will receive our donations and/or the soldiers who will distribute them?

Please do! The only restriction is to keep the letters positive and avoid the inclusion of religious or political material. Letters do not need to be translated into Arabic.

I would like to help OIC by volunteering to work in the locations where supplies are shipped. How can I do that?

OIC has no personnel on the ground overseas, and all efforts overseas are coordinated by the members of the military who receive our supplies. Unfortunately we are unable to provide volunteer opportunities overseas.

Are there any tax benefits for OIC donations?

Yes, you may receive a tax deduction for donating School Kits to Operation International Children. Upon receipt of your donation at the OIC Warehouse you will be sent a thank you letter which may be used for tax purposes. You will determine the value of the items you contributed, but as a guideline we estimate the value to be $15 per kit.