Operation Buckeye would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers and supporters for many years of service.
You have impacted our active deployed US military in a positive way.

Jim Caronis, founder and president, has elected to retire and move closer to family. He has supported our troops tirelessly supplying a steady stream of care packages to tens of thousands of military men and women.  His vision and drive made our brand into a Columbus institution. We do not currently have a successor. It is with heavy hearts that we will be closing OB with the last packs being held on Saturday, May 11 & 18 from 1-3 pm.

Come join us at the pack to celebrate the organization and Jim’s success. Snacks will be provided!

Operation Buckeye Board of Directors.

Jim Caronis, our founder, and team finish the 40,000th milestone box

Welcome to Operation Buckeye

OPERATION BUCKEYE was formed with the sole purpose of sending boxes to our troops as a way to thank them for their efforts and to bring them a touch of home. The physical conditions they endure are challenging and being away from family for long periods is a true hardship. Over 38,000 care packages have been shipped to date!

Trying to bring a touch of home and brighten the day of a soldier, the boxes contain items that are both treats and necessities. Beef Jerky and hard candy are two of the favorites, along with drink mixes (to give water a better taste).  Chips, cheese crackers, canned fruit, granola bars, tuna snacks, Girl Scout cookies, tooth brushes and paste, books, deodorant, foot powder, peanuts, puzzle books, and wipes are only a partial list of items sent.

Important change to our Open Packs

Operation Buckeye is excited with the increased interest in our organization from the community.  Due to overwhelming participation in our open packs and wanting the ability to provide our volunteers with a productive and meaningful experience we must limit participation to the first 15 registered volunteers. Please register by clicking on the date you would like to volunteer on our Event Calendar page.  Thank you for your understanding.

Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursdays 12-2 PM.  Please contact us to let us know you will be visiting.

Packs:  Every second and fourth Saturday, our dedicated volunteers pack and send the boxes. NEW:  Please register for our packs on our Event Calendar page as we are limited to 15 volunteers. More information available on the Volunteer page.

Item Drives:  To organize an item drive in your community, please review the information on our Volunteer page.

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