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Care Package Ideas!

Themes, recipes, all kinds of ideas plus mailing tips and tricks.  It's fun to have them here in one place, so come get ideas and share yours!  

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Carla:  I am a moderator for Navy moms on Yahoo, but also through the years have done troop support for all branches. I also have started and maintained hometown troop support, and send from our little community in Spirit Lake, Idaho - that has been very very cool. So, if you have ideas you want to share, bring it on and read and enjoy and use!  My email is crlstrt5@msn.com if you have any questions or comments.  Feel free to share these in other groups or with friends.

Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom I'm co-admin and been sending care packages since 2008!  The best method is using the flat-rate priority boxes from USPS.  There's a two-dollar discount when sending to an APO/FPO address and you can send up to 70 lbs - that's 7.7 bricks!  You can order a free carton of 10 or 25 of the large-size boxes to be delivered to you at USPS APO/FPO flat-rate boxes; or call them at 800-610-8734 and request the "military pack" of six assorted boxes, customs forms, tape and address labels.  It can take two weeks or more for mail to arrive, and much longer if your sailor is deployed.  

Tips:  To save space, remove things from original packaging and put them in Ziplock bags.  Don't pack fragrant items such as soap or fabric softener sheets with food as the odors get absorbed.  Use clear tape or USPS priority tape to seal.  Put a copy of the address IN the box.  Storage space is limited so send accordingly.  Notes from friends, children, anyone saying Thank You for serving on deployment are passed around and treasured.    Per a Navy survey on Facebook, the top two items that Sailors ask for are cookies and beef jerky.  Send enough to share!  More info at USPS military mail FAQ.

For your sailor, two great checklists for deployment planning are the Single Sailor Deployment Readiness Checklist and Pre-Deployment Checklist for Family Members, prepared by JAG.

Just how does your care package reach the ship?  Watch!  Video: Underway replenishment

And if you've got the bug and would like to do more, please consider joining "Molly's Adopt a Sailor" (MAS) here on Navyformoms.com.  Every month they adopt a deployed ship or unit and send the service members themed packages.  It's a super-fun and friendly group and you'll make great friends while sending much-needed and appreciated love and support from home.  I learned how to send care packages by joining the MAS group before my corpsman was first deployed!

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Care Package theme ideas

Started by AngiePNMx2. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Mar 8, 2017. 16 Replies

How much is too much?

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Comment by Bandmom on October 31, 2018 at 10:57am

chris_mom_1995,  Thank you so much.  When my son was in college he had 1000 Christmas lights in his dorm room.  He will appreciate a small strand of lights!

Comment by chris_mom_1995 on October 31, 2018 at 8:55am

My son who has recently gotten out of Navy after 5 years and 2 deployments on an air craft carrier, says sure.  The only time it is not ok is if lights were plugged in.  

Comment by Bandmom on October 30, 2018 at 3:00pm

Are Sailors allowed to have battery operated Christmas lights while deployed on a ship?

Comment by John and Yvonne on October 11, 2018 at 2:30pm

Great Bandmom! I know he'll enjoy all the goodies you are sending! :)

Yvonne

Comment by Bandmom on October 10, 2018 at 10:26am

Thank you John and Yvonne!!  His ship actually deploys towards the end of the month.   I am hoping he gets it before then.

Comment by John and Yvonne on October 10, 2018 at 9:01am

Bandmom,

What I usually do when sending care packages to the sailors who come over to the house when they are deployed is individually wrap each cookie in seran wrap and then put them in a plastic container so they won't get crushed.

Whatever you do don't ever send fudge or anything chocolate (except chocolate chip cookies)...it melts. :)

This is what I do sometimes for birthdays...I make peanut brittle in the microwave, put it in a cake pan to harden,make a hole in the middle (candle size) and that is their 'cake'. Then I send a movie(I like the funny ones like The Little Rascals (for example)...something to make them laugh..and movie candy.  Balloons, the little games you can get at the Dollar Tree, a candle of course, and whatever else they like. That way they can celebrate with some of their close buddies. . Your pkg. may take a month to get to him depending where he's at. But I'm sure he will be excited to get it no matter when it gets to him. Have fun! :)

Yvonne

Comment by Bandmom on October 9, 2018 at 8:23am

My Sailors birthday is October 25.  He will be deployed at that time.  I am thinking of sending him Chocolate Chip cookies.  I have always put them in double ziploc bags, and placed them in popcorn, so they don't get broken up.  Do you think that will work for a ship?

Comment by Bandmom on October 2, 2018 at 9:39am

Alison, No Problem.  Just remember it will still take a while for him to get mail.  I don't know why, it just does.

Comment by Alison❤️⚓️ on October 1, 2018 at 9:08pm

Hi Bandmom thank you for clarifying that for me.. 

Comment by Bandmom on October 1, 2018 at 8:25am

Alison, My son has not been on the ship since March.  He has been attending additional schooling in San Diego.  His address is still the ship address.  

 

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