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Sending Care Packages to Soldiers

Started 1320686184.34 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1320760437.25 by MJ 12

I'm thinking of sending some care packages to soldiers for Christmas. Anyone know of an address and ideas on what to put in the package? Any input would be appreciated. (I heard we no longer are sending to Iraq because they are coming home.) Thanks!

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shorelady1320687267.0072784 PostsRegistered 12/27/2005

What a wonderful thing to do. When my son was in the Marines, I always sent lots of packages filled with things he could share. You would be surprised how many soldiers receive very little, if anything, in the way of mail and packages.

I just googled "sending packages to military troops" and several websites came up. One in particular was called "anysoldier.com" which gave instructions on how to send packages and also what to include. I can't verify the legitimacy of these sites, but I am sure you can find one that will be able to help you.

As a side note, when sending packages to my son, instead of using any type of packing material, I took popcorn and put it in individual sandwich bags to use as packing. This was another treat they could have while serving a purpose for use as packing material.

As for Iraq, I'm not sure they will be home before or even soon after the holidays.

Madisson1320687513.831884 PostsRegistered 10/13/2011SoCal

Thanks, Shorelady. Even if it is too late to get there for Christmas, I still want to send some care packages out. There used to be a place also to send care packages to any recovering soldier, but it was at Walter Reed...and I heard they were closing Walter Reed. Hmmmm.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

shorelady1320688233.3572784 PostsRegistered 12/27/2005

Madisson......Yes, they are/have closed WR. I'm not sure, but I think that the patients from WR were sent to Bethesda Naval Hospital. I'm sure any soldier, anywhere, anytime would be delighted to get a package.

ratdog1111320688704.79314924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

Soldier's Angels!

Excellent group and they will get a care package where it needs to go.

You can even order packages directly through their site and they will handle everything.

soldiersangels (dot) org

I have adopted soldiers with them in the past and have also just sent one time packages to soldiers they have on their list.

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paie1320689187.041512 PostsRegistered 10/29/2009

My niece is in Afghanistan and I have sent her a few things she requested. Here is a list...

Almonds or any kind of nuts. Lots of coffee!! Beef or turkey jerkey. Cookies and candy (haven't attempted to send those yet). Posters to brighten up the dull walls of their sleeping area.

nunya1320689512.8679054 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006

When my nephew was there, I sent candy, cookies, crackers, peanuts, an alarm clock, batteries, easy mac, blankets, shower gel, etc.

I would always send a lot, they like to share.

JaimeLynn1320691224.23254 PostsRegistered 7/11/2005
On 11/7/2011 ratdog215 said:

Soldier's Angels!

Excellent group and they will get a care package where it needs to go.

You can even order packages directly through their site and they will handle everything.

soldiersangels (dot) org

I have adopted soldiers with them in the past and have also just sent one time packages to soldiers they have on their list.

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Thanks, Ratdog!! I just signed up to adopt a soldier! Soldiers do so much for this country and I'm excited to be giving something back to them! :)

JaimeLynn


MJ 121320700184.97312352 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009
When my husband was in Iraq then Afghanistan, I was the care package queen! I even sent him a full size artificial Xmas tree with lights/ornaments to brighten his hut. You know what was a huge hit? I sent him coffee constantly, and a few times I was in DD or Starbucks and asked for like 20 empty coffee cups and lids. I boxed them with several pounds of coffee, splenda packets, dry creamer packets, etc. I put a note in, Time For A Coffee Break! He said they loved walking around their FOB with a Starbucks cup. Gave them a sense of normalcy and home, if only for 10 minutes.

MJ 121320700396.35712352 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009
And I would say please do not send chocolate-anything (it melts), don't send flea collars (urban legend that the soldiers wear them). And they love love anything like newspapers - ANY town, ANY paper, believe me. Magazines, etc.

NewNic1320700507.9114245 PostsRegistered 1/28/2007

MJ, don't you have to be careful about sending pork products (like some jerky) into countries that have laws about such?

I remember something about that...

Hildegarde­ Withers1320701856.95722949 PostsRegistered 7/3/2008

You could also call one of your local schools & ask them for the address of where they send their care packages.


ratdog1111320706740.65714924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

My BIL is deployed. My sister says they need/want DVD's and iTunes cards at least in his unit they do.

Madisson1320711537.3571884 PostsRegistered 10/13/2011SoCal

Thank you, everyone! If anyone else knows of any organizations or address, please feel free to post.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

sammyjobea­gle1320719323.6260 PostsRegistered 7/17/2011

As a USPS employee, I can tell you that the deadline for shipping out PRIORITY mail parcels to any of the APO's, and FPO is Dec 11th. For parcel post, it is Nov 11. You will need to have a service member's name. Items addressed to "ANY MARINE" or "ANY SOLDIER" are no longer accepted.

Madisson1320719497.3171884 PostsRegistered 10/13/2011SoCal

Well, as I said above, I don't care of it gets there by Christmas. I just want to do this. I'll probably use soldiersangels.org right now. It looks like a fantastic organization.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

MJ 121320760308.08712352 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009
Hi Marianne! Oh yes excellent point! No pork products at all. Beef or turkey jerky. Hi Madisson - they will so appreciate your kindness and generosity any day of the year they get your package !! :)

MJ 121320760437.2512352 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009
And hi Ratdog :). Another great suggestion - DVDs and iTunes GC's. Absolutely!

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