Standard Issue

Welcome Recruit!

You have been instructed by Swords to Plowshares to create hygiene kits for our brave veterans! As some of you may know, even after the valiant service of our Veterans, they are often the victims of neglect and poor living conditions. This is where your expertise, attention to detail and camaraderie is needed.

Your task for this project is to create a Standard Issue care package, a package that includes all the essentials for our brave veterans to live a healthy and functioning life. However there is a stipulation as requested by Swords to Plowshares: All boxes prepared by you and your fellow ABK volunteers must be uniform and close in quality to one another.

This landing page acts as a nexus with all of the other volunteers who signed up for this task. Utilise this hub to double check your inventory, and cross-reference finished products with one another.

For this project you are instructed to purchase the materials in the Amazon wish list provided by. We highly recommend using the Amazon smile program when completing your purchases and fulfilling your inventory. Amazon smile is an amazing program that supports agencies and non-profit organizations like Swords to Plowshares and HandsOn Bay Area by providing 0.5% of eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization - no fees, no extra cost. You can select a nonprofit of your choice to support with your Amazon purchases.

For more information please visit: Amazon Smile

HandsOn Bay Area created an Amazon wish list with specific items with notes on the quantity of each item to be included in the Standard Issue care package you’re assembling. Please use the link below to purchase all of the necessary items.

Shop for your Box Here

  • Sanitising Wipes

  • Healing Hand Cream

  • Knit Gloves

  • Toothbrush Set

  • Rain Poncho

  • Chapstick Pack

  • Fabric Markers

  • Cardstock

  • Stencils

  • 3-in-1 Body Wash

  • Bar Soap

  • Toothpaste

  • Comb

  • Canvas Tote Bag

  • Activision Commemorative Cards

  • Activision Commemorative Pin

  • Packing Paper



After purchasing your materials, you will now zone-in on the assembly process. This procedure requires you to use your creativity and puzzle-solving skills to simulate the set up we have provided. This is a crucial step in ensuring that all of the contents of the hygiene kits are uniform.

      • Step 1

        - Collect your 10 items


      • Step 2

        - Using the box you received the kit materials in, begin assembling the Standard Issue care package by lining the bottom of the box with one of the two packing papers provided.


      • Step 3 

        - Organize the items in the box so it will look similar to the image provided below


      • Step 4

        - Line the tote bag with cardstock to prevent bleeding.

        - Use the fabric markers included in your kit, to decorate the tote bag.

        *please avoid religious iconography, political affiliation, offensive language, and allusion to any substance use when decorating*

        *any wholesome ABK references are welcome!*

        - If you’re worried about free-handing designs on your tote bag, we’ve compiled a list of free stencil resources that you can print to help you trace patterns of your choice. Or you can take to the internet and find another pattern that you like:


      • Step 5

        -Take the VDOS note card included and write your recipient a heartfelt note.

        *If you are experiencing any creative blocks, some prompts can be as simple as telling them about your experiences on a day to day level. But be mindful of all of our situations vary from person to person, so being aware of everyone’s current life stage can be helpful*

        - Reminders

        • Avoid mentioning substance use (alcohol, wine, beer, etc. /or )

        • Use respectful language

        • Use legible handwriting

        • Do not include your name, address, phone, and personal info


      • Step 6

- Make sure your box looks like the image above.

      • Step 7

- Close the box and use the return tape included to seal the box

      • Step 8

- Line the top of the hygiene kit contents with the second packing paper, to avoid shifting and mitigate damage during shipping. And place the note on top of the paper.

- Return the fabric markers you used to decorate the tote to HandsOn Bay Area by placing them on top of the lining paper.



Important information about returning your completed kit:

  • 1) Save the box this kit was shipped in.
  • 2) Find and hold on to the FedEx pre-paid return shipping label enclosed.
  • 3) Once your project is fully completed, put it into the box, close the box securely, adhere the return label to the box and drop it off at your local FedEx.
  • 4) Please plan to return your completed project by November 30th!

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