On October 19, 2016, The Ships Project celebrated the 15th anniversary of the first items shipped to a sailor aboard the USS BATAAN.

The initial goal was to send 60 pairs of slippers.  As of the October mailing period, the project has sent 1,007,476 items to troops deployed in all branches of the military in support of the ongoing war on terror.

The lives touched by your help and continued support have so far surpassed anything we could have dreamed of.  Until hostilities come to an end, we will continue to need your support for America's men and women.

Welcome to The Ships Project, a great way to make a difference in the lives of those military members who are deployed on the ground or at sea. 
Whenever they are away from home, we try to provide "hugs from home" in the form of hand-knit and crocheted hats, slippers, knitted socks,
sewn fleece hats, and sewn cool ties.  We also supply warm items to those who have been injured or wounded. 
Since our inception in 2001, when a sailor aboard the USS BATAAN asked  me for a pair of knitted slippers, we have sent more than ONE MILLION
handmade items to people serving on six continents and in every branch of the military, whether on the ground or at sea.  If they wear the
uniform of the USA, we will send to them.  There is no charge for anything we send.  Please join us.
      - Ellen Harpin, The Ships Project Founder




Items should be mailed to The Ships Project 
during our current mailing dates. Mailing dates are 
the 1st-7th of each month except December.


Current Mailing Dates: November 1st - 7th

Upcoming Mailing Dates:


January 1st-7th, 2017

February 1st-7th

March 1st-7th


For full details, visit the What We're Sending page.


The current needs are for cool ties in appropriate colors

for ground troops, naval units, and medical units. 

We will resume sending warm items in the late fall.



The Ships Project is funded entirely by donations.  100% of all funds donated
go directly into the project to pay for the postage costs to send items to the troops.





Last Site Update: October 19, 2016 - Next Scheduled Update, November 10, 2016

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