donation locations for your cosmetics & beauty essentials contributions:

ABBA First Mortgage, Inc.
5653 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Any Lab Test Now!
1319 Military Cutoff Road, Ste D
Wilmington, NC 28403

A Thyme Savor Catering
5941 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412

Back to Basics
5905 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412

Beauty Bar Boutique
1125 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Belle Vue Wilmington
20 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear Massage and Wellness
5 Silva Terra Drive #120
Wilmington, NC 28412

Dalisay Salon & Bridal Suite
709 North 4th Street, Suite 101
Wilmington, NC 28401

earthBOUND Salon and Day Spa
4833 Carolina Beach Road, Ste 11
Wilmington, NC 28412

*The Harrelson Center
20 North 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Island Cardiology
1328 N. Lake Park Blvd. Suite 103
Carolina Beach, Rd 28428

Port City Java
5621 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Salon Beyond Basics
3502 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tide Associates
3205 Randall Parkway
Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Lady Fitness
5330 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412

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The Black Box Initiative

During the months of April and November, Operation Pretty Things holds our annual Pretty Things drives, and launches our Black Box Initiative campaign, to collect the cosmetics and beauty essentials that will be used in the gifts we give at Mother’s Day, Christmas, and throughout the year! 

The reach of our mission begins with our gifts. It is our way of expressing LOVE and HOPE in a very tangible way, while meeting a need that EMPOWERS and HEALS the abused and battered women right here in our city.

The BBI gives those in the community interested in helping an opportunity to do just that!

The Black Box Initiative…

1. Does not require your time

2. Won't cost you a thing

3. Makes a HUGE impact on our community

4. Keeps Operation Pretty Things alive!


The details

  • The Pretty Things Drive lasts approximately 4-6 weeks.

  • All participating businesses will be listed on our website as a drop box location, and acknowledged on social media outlets.

  • The box comes with brochures and suggestion cards for donations.

  • The box will be delivered and/or picked up according to the vendor agreement.


To participate:

If you are interested in hosting a donation box, and participating in either or both of our Pretty Things Drives, send an email to:, subject line “Black Box Initiative” 


Please note

  • Operation Pretty Things accepts NEW, UNOPENED, NEVER BEEN USED items only.

  • Please put the box in a safe place, so that the donated items won't get damaged or stolen.

  • Vendor will not be held liable for damaged or broken items, but in good faith, acknowledges that the box will be monitored for safety purposes.

Join our FaceBook group The Black Box Initiative, and follow Operation Pretty Things, Inc on FaceBook and Instagram for news, updates, and upcoming events.