Sponsor a Christmas Care Package for Our Missionaries Overseas

The sixth annual “Give to a Giver” project is an opportunity for individuals, departments or groups to spread holiday cheer around the world to Loma Linda University Health overseas missionaries and their families by sponsoring Christmas care packages.

Care packages are collected and shipped by Loma Linda University Health’s Global Health Institute in collaboration with Students for International Mission Service and the National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists.

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About the Missionaries

These missionaries are Loma Linda University alumni, global service awardeesdeferred mission appointees or Adventist Health International long-term volunteers. They serve at Loma Linda University Health strategic partner sites as physicians, dentists, hospital administrators, nurses and public health educators.

The Process

  1. Choose a missionary/missionary family & pick up a shipping box from the GHI office at 24888 Prospect Ave., starting Mon., Nov. 26, 2018*  
  2. Fill it — up to 20 lbs!
  3. Return it, unsealed, by Fri., Dec. 14, 2018** by 2:00 pm
  4. Feel warm fuzzies!

*Include your contact info on the provided greeting card so the missionary will know who to thank.

**Pick-up of complete care packages from an LLUH office can be arranged. Return box unsealed with a list of the contents. Gift-in-kind receipts are available upon request. 

Box Pick-up/Drop-off Address

Global Health Institute 24888 Prospect Ave., Loma Linda, CA 92354

Phone: (909) 558-4420

Email: ayutuc@llu.edu

What to Send


Please place food items in separate zipped plastic bags

  • Cake, brownie or cookie mix
  • Candy, gum, chocolate
  • Canned or dried vegetarian foods (Big Franks, Soy Curls, etc.)
  • Flavored drink packets (tea, hot cocoa, cider, etc.)
  • Granola bars, protein bars
  • Mixed nuts
  • Peanut butter, Nutella, cookie butter
  • Ranch dressing
  • Popcorn
  • Shelf stable cheese
  • Taco seasoning


  • Candles
  • Pillow cases, sheets
  • Duct tape
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • LLUH gear
  • Lotion, body wash, soap
  • Mosquito repellent (with DEET)
  • Socks, flip flops, slippers
  • Travel sewing kit, nail file, nail clippers
  • Kitchen tools, towels
  • Hair ties, chap stick
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Water bottle


  • Balloons
  • Reading books, coloring books, crayons, markers
  • Deflated sports ball with hand pump
  • Holiday crafts, stickers
  • Travel games (cards, puzzles, etc.)


  • Books
  • Games or puzzles
  • Movie DVDs, music CDs
  • Office supplies, stationary, greeting cards

What Not to Send

Please remove all unnecessary packaging to make the most of your limited space

  • Aerosols
  • Alcohol
  • Batteries
  • Dry ice
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Gasoline
  • Nail polish
  • Perfumes
  • Perishable food
  • Easily crushed food: crackers, chips, cookies, etc.

Share the holiday spirit and a little reminder of home by signing up to sponsor a box today!