Where to Donate

    Donations can be dropped off in the collection boxes located at the establishments listed below

    • Micronesia Mall Payless, Dededo
    • Mangilao Payless
    • Andersen Middle School
    • Andersen Elementary School
    • BX, Andersen AFB
    • CDC, Andersen AFB
    • Commissary, Andersen AFB
    • AFRC, Andersen AFB
    • NEX, Naval Base Guam
    • NEX Home Store, Naval Base Guam
    • American Grocery, Dededo
    • Boy Scouts - 280 North Marine Corp Drive, Tamuning
    • Ladera Towers Condos (Fitness Center), Mangilao
    • Westin Resort, Tumon
    • DMV, Barrigada
    • Crown Bakery, Barrigada

What to Donate

  • Canned Foods
  • Children’s Books
  • Clothing
  • Dental Products
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Hand Tools
  • Plastic Pots
  • School Supplies
  • Toys
  • Vegetable Seeds

 

For more Information contact

christmasdrop@gmail.com 

 

How to Donate

How to Donate


Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Christmas Drop


65th Annual Operation Christmas Drop

65th Annual Operation Christmas Drop


About Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift operation. The tradition began during the Christmas season in 1952 when a B-29 Superfortress aircrew saw islanders waving at them from the island of Kapingamarangi, 3,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. In the spirit of Christmas the aircrew dropped a bundle of supplies attached to a parachute to the islanders below, giving the operation its name. Today, air drop operations include more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. 

Operation Christmas Drop is a PACAF event which includes a partnership between the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan; the 36th Wing, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; 734th Air Mobility Squadron, Andersen AFB of the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the University of Guam; and the 'Operation Christmas Drop' private organization which leads the fundraising and donations for the operation. Andersen is used as a "base camp" to airlift the donated goods to islanders throughout Micronesia.

Utilizing the Denton Program, which allows private U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need, the C-130J Super Hercules crews airdrop food, supplies, educational materials, and toys to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. These islands are some of the most remote locations on the globe spanning a distance nearly as broad as the continental US.

Months leading up the drop dates volunteers create donation drop-off boxes and raise money from local businesses and citizens. A week before the drop, volunteer Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, civilians, contractors and families assist in picking up and sorting the donations. After the goods are sorted, riggers from Yokota and Andersen volunteers build dozens of boxes to hold the materials, most containing school supplies, clothing, rice, fishing equipment and toys.

Each year, the Christmas drops serve as a proving ground for the techniques used and shared with regional partners in preparation for response to natural disasters all too common across this region.

Air crews are linked to the village via ham radio as they fly overhead and drop supplies. The event provides readiness training to participating aircrew, allowing them to gain experience in conducting airdrops while providing critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands impacting about 20,000 people; ultimately it's a profound win for everyone involved.

Low Coast Low Altitude (LCLA) airdrop is incredibly cost-efficient and easy to apply across the global airlift community, utilizing readily available resources and repurposed personnel parachutes to build supply pallets at a fraction of the cost of other airdrop bundles. These pallets are dropped at low altitude to improve drop accuracy.

Demonstrating and executing LCLA drops alongside regional allies is just one example of the USAF actively pursuing and participating in interoperability partner training to increase Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operational capabilities while ensuring stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

The capabilities employed during OCD are a unique method of delivery suited to the region. Coast Humanitarian Air Drop (CHAD) takes the LCLA capability to the types of environments seen in many places throughout the Pacific. Together, CHAD and LCLA represent a unique Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Response or wartime capability that enables the USAF and allied nations to rapidly respond anywhere in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

 

 

Operation Christmas Drop News

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Eva Hake wears a pendant memorializing her late son, Senior Airman Jeremy Jutba-Hake, 36th Airlift Squadron instructor loadmaster, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 6, 2016. The pendant was a gift given to her on behalf of his fellow Airmen from his squadron commander after Jutba-Hake passed away during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. On day two of OCD 2016, Jutba-Hake’s colleagues, friends and family gathered for a remembrance ceremony before beginning the day’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker/Released) Operation Christmas Drop crews remember an Airman
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam. -- Service members from the United States, Australia and Japan air
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2016
A volunteer packs canned goods, toys and necessities into a box during the Operation Christmas Drop packing party Dec. 3, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Over 200 volunteers packed clothes, rice, fish hooks, school supplies and more into boxes to be dropped to over 50 islands throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexa Henderson/Released) Operation Christmas Drop: Behind the scenes
The longest running humanitarian aid/disaster relief has kicked off on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
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2016
Military and civilian leaders push a box onto a C-130 Hercules during the 2016 Operation Christmas Drop Push Ceremony Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This year the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force work together to continue the tradition of air dropping tools, food, clothing and toys throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo) Operation Christmas Drop begins at Andersen AFB
Military members from the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy, with international support from the
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2016
(Right to left) Staff Sgt. Ren Forbes and Airman 1st Class Alexander Lauher, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, watch out the back of a C-130H Hercules after delivering eight bundles to Mortlock Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau. These islands are some of the most remote locations on the globe spanning a distance nearly as broad as the continental U.S. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released) Operation Christmas Drop showcases HA/DR Training
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules crews from Yokota Air Base, Japan, launched the final missions of
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2015
A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H executes a low-cost, low-altitude bundle drop as part of Operation Christmas 2015, Dec. 7, 2015. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, JASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands while executing partner Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Bergstrom) Operation Christmas Drop showcases HA/DR Training
U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules crews from Yokota Air Base, Japan, launched the final missions of
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2015
Cpl. Teome Matamua and Sgt. Phillip McIllvaney, Australian Army 176th Air Dispatch Squadron loadmasters, deliver the first low-cost, low-altitude bundle of Operation Christmas Drop 2015 to the island of MogMog, Dec. 8, 2015. Australian and Japanese C-130 aircrews for the first time joined U.S. Airmen during the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop – a Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training event where C-130 aircrews perform LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. It highlights the U.S. and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katrina Brisbin) US, Australia, Japan launch Operation Christmas Drop 2015
With the holiday season now in full swing, C-130 Hercules aircrews and support personnel from Japan
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2015
(Center) Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing Group commander, and volunteers throughout the local community place relief items into a box while sorting donations for Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 5, 2015. More than 40,000 pounds of goods will be dropped to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, the longest running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released) Andersen hosts 64th annual Operation Christmas Drop 'Push Ceremony'
The 64th iteration of Operation Christmas Drop will begin here Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. with an official
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Magen Harger, 36th Medical Support Squadron medical lab technician, pushes a box of supplies to islanders Dec. 11, 2014, over the Pacific Ocean. Operation Christmas Drop, which has occurred since 1952, is the world’s longest humanitarian airlift mission. Each year the operation supplies residents from more than 50 islands with boxes that contain donations to include non-perishable food items, clothing, medical supplies, tools, toys and other various items. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin Operation Christmas Drop supplies islands with bundles of joy
The men and women from Team Andersen and Yokota Air Base, Japan, dropped its last bundle of joy Dec.
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2014
Leadership from Team Andersen, Yokota Air Base, Japan, the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing, from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Bruce Best, event guest speaker, push the first box onto a C-130 Hercules during the Push Ceremony, Dec. 9, 2014 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The push Ceremony marks the beginning of the annual humanitarian airlift mission, Operation Christmas Drop, that supplies residents from more than 50 islands with boxes that contain donations to include non-perishable food items, clothing, medical supplies, tools, toys and other various items.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks/Released) Holiday cheer en route to an island not near you
Military personnel, civic leaders and leadership throughout the Micronesian area of the Pacific
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2014
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