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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!

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. 16 Replies

How much is too much?

Started by Sandra D. Last reply by hope4answers Sep 25, 2016. 5 Replies

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Comment by WSP (Wendy) 2 hours ago

Found the list -- it is a bit long and I don't want to take up too much space here.  If you are interested in it, as well as the address to the USO in Japan, which is going to be the clearinghouse for those donating, please private message me and I'll get it to you.

Comment by WSP (Wendy) 2 hours ago

There was a post from a FB group I belong to ... this is what it said:  In addition to the loss of 7 shipmates, the crew of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) had 2 berthings completely flooded, containing personal items for about 140 sailors.

You can send any type of toiletry, clothing donations, and/or a heart felt card/message to an address provided.  Can I put that here ... or should people private message me?  I also have a list of items (I'll find it) with things they need.  If I find it, I can also post that if you think it is beneficial.

Comment by mom2stg 3 hours ago

Each year, my church's Vacation Bible School chooses an organization or cause to support.  They have decided that they would like to do something for the sailors of the USS Fitzgerald.  Any suggestions?  Would it even be possible, since I don't have a direct connection with a Fitzgerald sailor?  Any thoughts or direction would be appreciated.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 26, 2017 at 1:58am

Sjumom, every Sailor's situation is different at any given time - they may be at "A" or "C" School, in some training program, or at their duty station or deployed, for example - so it just depends.  If your son says No right now, that that's who you should listen to.  

I know that with corpsmen at their "A" School, they mostly prefer not to get care packages because it's a hassle to get them on their day off, and also once they graduate they have to figure out how to get whatever's been sent to them to their first duty station (crammed in a seabag or shipped).  Later is a different story.  So you just have to pay attention to your own Sailor's situation and see what they say.  

Since you can't send a care package at the moment, consider sending an e-gift card via email that can be used immediately.  That way, your Sailor can choose what he really needs right now!   http://www.giftcards.com/gcgf/send-electronic-visa-giftcards

Comment by Sjumom on March 25, 2017 at 7:07pm

I'm confused.  I've been told on another site, and by my son that I shouldn't send a package.  They are discouraging packages since mid February. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 23, 2017 at 2:55pm

To Jessie, who sent a message about a group for moms of Sailors at Dam Neck - this is an active group that covers the bases in the area - Norfolk Sailors - Family and Friends.  My son was stationed in the area for four years, so I may be able to answer a question or two as well  :) 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 8, 2017 at 1:07am

This is pretty cool - you can order a PERSONALIZED mystery, classic, or romance book at Bookbyyou.com.  Try a free personalized demo using Phantom of the Opera at  http://www.bookbyyou.com/classic/phantom/demo.asp

Cost:  $19.95 for immediate ebook download; $29.95 for paperback; $49.95 for hardcover.  They have teen and kids books too  :)  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 7, 2017 at 4:51pm

Good idea, Sherri!  Another way to to spice up their meals is to gather up and include single-serving packets of your Sailor's favorite condiments -I for one would appreciate Taco Bell hot sauce! lol  I've also poured hard candies into a care package box to fill in the air pockets to take advantage of every available space.  

Comment by Sherri - TJs Mom on February 18, 2017 at 9:09pm

I have a very unique item that needs to be in every care package.  My poor son got white rice with almost every meal and this really helped add a little variety.  Any comfort from home means the world to our Sailors.  This gift set also includes a survival bag filled with little motivational saying and items as well as a spice refill.  Go take a look at Pugtail Originals

Comment by mangofruit123 on January 28, 2017 at 11:29am
Although my son is only 3 days into boot camp and cannot receive care packages I decided to join this group anyway. Gives me something to look forward to in the months ahead. Can't wait to send out my first package to who knows where but for now I will just have to wait for my letter with PIR date and address and sent many many letters of encouragement!
 

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