An American Christmas

For the Troops


The following are suggestions for gifts for our deployed troops. Items can be dropped off at ACE Hardware in Batavia or 324 Church St. in Batavia


The Pat Tillman USO at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan sent a new request to Batavia Cares.

1. HEALTHY SNACKS: Jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks are gobbled up!
2. DRINK MIX PACKETS: Did we mention it's hot out here? Water bottles are guzzled, so drink mix packets are gold! Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea, crystal light are all great options.
3. MICROWAVEABLE: Anything easy to microwave is quite popular and helpful with the limited resources here -- Easy Mac, LOTS OF POPCORN, cup o'noodles, Chef Boyardee, oatmeal. Snacks that come in their own bowl are FAVORABLE as dining wear can be hard to acquire.
4. NON-PERISHABLE: Tuna (can or packets), fruit cups, peanut butter/Nutella, soups, etc.
5. CHOCOLATE is great but it's still too warm right now and they will melt in the package. Please send LOTS during the winter months, so we can stock up for next summer!

We also need travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet wipes, etc.)


Home made baked goods are appreciated

Join our Cookie of the Month Club

It is easy all you have to do is bake a batch of cookies a month and we will send them to deployed troops.

To register contact us at support@bataviacares.org

or call 630.687.1943

Please include your Name and contact information so that we can Thank You



Cookies recieved by the Chaplain of the United States Air Force

455th Air Expeditionary Wing - Bagram Airfield

Cookies were baked by local citizens and

Donated by Girl Scout Troop 3223,

Thank you so much for the cookies! We gave this batch to the passenger
terminal folks, so they can bless the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and
civilian employees that pass through their workspace on a daily basis. Your
kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated by all of us, and we cannot
thank you enough for a little taste of home while we are so far away.


MSgt Wiley

Superintendent, Chapel Operations
455 AEW/HC
APO, AE 09352
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan



  • I use the recipes off the packages of chocolate chips and oats. If you do not have time to bake from scratch, "extra moist" or cake mix that contains pudding makes a very good cookie. The basic recipe is 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 2 large eggs per box. You can be creative by adding Rice Krispies, raisins, white chocolate chips, M&M's, etc. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes (but underbake at least one minute). 
  • If you send peanut butter cookies or any cookies that contain nuts, please label each bag "contains nuts."
  • Underbake the cookies about one minute to preserve the freshness.
  • In humid environments, add 1/2-1 tsp. of baking powder per batch.
  • Chocolate chip (substitute with M&M's May-October), oatmeal-raisin, peanut butter and snickerdoodles are the most popular cookies.
  • Freeze the cookies until you are ready to ship them.
  • Avoid sending moist breads (such as banana bread) during humid summer months--they mold quickly.



Thanking Those Who Made An American Christmas for The Troops Possible


Batavia Cares Receives Flag Flown in Afghanistan


Thanks to the Batavia Bandits Baseball Team for collecting items at a Shop and Drop at Berkeley's Finer Foods

Marmion Cadets spent the day at Jewel Osco doing a Shop and Drop for the Christmas shipment to the troops.

Click Here For Video on How To Pack for the Troops



Illinois National Guard Wise Guys Deployed to Afghanistan.

Read about their mission click here.

Video Spy balloons in Afghanistan PTDS ( Persistent Threat Detection System) Click Here


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