Frequently Asked Questions


Can I buy my own lunch bags?

No, the only Goody Bags we accept are official OGB custom printed lunch bags.

How do I order official Goody Bags?

Complete a Commit to Color PLEDGE FORM indicating the number of boxes needed (Goody Bags are packaged in boxes of 250). For a $20 donation on our OGB website, we will ship one box of Goody Bags to the address indicated on the PLEDGE FORM.

Can I use markers and crayons to color a Goody Bag?

Yes, markers, crayons, colored pencils and stickers can be used. DO NOT use paint, glue, glitter or staples.
Download an informational PDF on Goody Bag DOs and DON’Ts.

Can I fill the Goody Bags with candy and then mail them to OGB Headquarters?

No, for security reasons all Goody Bags are to be mailed empty. Goody Bags are filled at official OGB public packing events.

When can I color Goody Bags?

You can color Goody Bags all year long. We fill and ship Goody Bags throughout the year.

Can I collect candy and then mail the candy to OGB Headquarters?

The ONLY CANDY we will accept through the mail is unopened boxes and bags of Tootsie Pops.

Can I hold a fundraiser for OGB to help defray the cost of filling and shipping Goody Bags?

Yes, you can hold a fundraiser. It costs $4 to fill and ship 1 Goody Bag. Donations can be made on our website or you can collect donations and send a check made out to: Operation Goody Bag.


Can I buy my own Thank You stationary?

No, all Thank You notes must be written on our Letter Templates located on our website “Download Page”.

Can I write my personal contact information on my Thank You note?

No, the only personal information we ask for is your First Name, Last Initial and the Organization sponsoring the letter writing event. If we receive a letter indicating any of the above information, we will send it to the coordinator.
Download an informational PDF on Thank You Note DOs and DON’Ts.

Can I place my Thank You note inside my colored Goody Bag?

No, all Thank You notes must be kept separate from Goody Bags. For security reasons, volunteers read all letters to insure positive messaging.

Can I decorate my Thank You note?

Yes, you can use markers, crayons, colored pencils and stickers to add some color and design to your handwritten note.

When can I hold a Thank You note event?

We accept Thank You notes all year long.

What should I say in my Thank You note?

In addition to expressing appreciation, make your note personal. Mention members in your family who have served in the military or as First Responders. It’s fun to mention your favorite TV shows, favorite food, or even tell a joke! This personal touch is more likely to inspire a recipient to write back! Download an informational PDF on Thank You Note DOs and DON’Ts.

How would I find out if a Thank You note was sent to me?

All Goody Bag recipients send their responses to OGB email at If your name and organization is mentioned, we will send a copy of the note to your coordinator. Some notes are posted on our website.