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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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Comment by Grandma D on December 1, 2017 at 10:10am

Welcome Amanda. You have joined a very large family. Number one do not send anything to your son at boot camp except letters every day. My granddaughter told me don't send anything with sparkles on that they get on the floor cuz we have to clean them up haha. Once your son is there and you find out what group piece in or division you can actually join the group from his graduation date and then you will be meeting all the moms and dads that you will be meeting at graduation. I suggest when you go to graduation you book your rooms at the Navy Lodge they are really inexpensive and everyone is there.

Comment by S’mom on December 1, 2017 at 12:56am
Hi. I’m new to this group. My son starts boot camp in December. So excited to be here!
Comment by Pooh'sMom on November 28, 2017 at 6:42am

My son told me in NO WAY send anything that would single him out.  Not even a stick of gum in an envelope.  I did cut and paste photos, and after BC he told me for every letter with a photo, he had to show his Chief for approval.  

Comment by NavyMom2013 on November 27, 2017 at 11:50pm

I numbered my son's letters on the back so he would know what order to open them. 

Comment by NavyMom2013 on November 27, 2017 at 11:47pm

The best way to keep him from being seriously teased about it is to just send regular white computerized papers in simple white envelopes.  Nothing may be included in the envelopes beside the paper(s), not even perfume.

But . . . you can go online and copy pictures or local newspaper articles from the internet to paste onto the regular white computer paper.  I copied and pasted a lot of squirrel pictures holding machine guns, etc.  One I found was a bomb on a forklift where the forklift rolled off of the concrete deck and it stayed intact.  It gives them something funny to laugh at and lets them see what is going on in their local home town newspapers.  Look online for your local newspaper.  I sent him a letter every single day for a total of about 90 pages for the 7 weeks.  The others were shocked how many letters he got, sometimes several a day.

His challenged brother forgot the rules and sent a homemade card in a red envelope.  When his boss was trashing him, he came back with "my brother is mentally handicapped" and he was left alone after that. 

They mostly love hearing what is going on with their family and friends.  Keep paper with you all the day and jot down like a diary anything that is going on even what seems meaningless.  It makes them feel connected.  They don't hear about news such as weather or anything else going on in the country.  If you send cookies, they will throw them away.  NO BOXES.

After boot camp graduation I flew to Pensacola his first station and was able to spend more time with him.  This meant a lot to him. 

I also sent him a schedule of what they would be doing each day.  One recruit told mom to not do that because he wanted to learn it when the others did.  My son liked it.  They know nothing about Ricky Heaven which is a small fast food court and very little about battlestations where they work together to pass the final test on a makeshift ship.  Research this before he goes.  Good luck.  PS When you find out the section he will be in for graduation, go to the balcony and sit in the section next to the one in front of him so you will be able to take pics from the side.  The most fun is when they come back from deployment.  Flags, signs, fun, fun, fun.  But with all of this, remember they have to be Navy Ready and they still have watch to do so don't get frustrated if you get only a little time with them.  That's why I went to his first station.

Comment by 9699mom on November 27, 2017 at 10:49pm

My son is leaving for BC on 12/14.  I read on the sample "form Letter" that the recruits cannot have any food items sent to them.  I am  just needing someone to verify this for me.  I was wanting to send enough cookies to share once or twice, but now think this won't be possible.  Can anyone help me on this?  Thank you

Comment by IslandGal on November 9, 2017 at 6:38pm
I totally ditto Grandma D! Write every day. Get siblings, grandparents, anyone to write. My son said he got so much mail and it was awesome. Send sport scores, music and movie stuff, any news ( they don’t get any there). I sent comics, puzzle pages, jokes and riddles, anything to fill a page. ( but no newsprint-it gets on their uniforms. Make a copy of it and then send, just an FYI.
Comment by RyansMom on November 9, 2017 at 11:52am

Thank you Grandma D.  This is great information!

Comment by Grandma D on November 8, 2017 at 7:40pm

I forgot to mention the day they leave start writing letters and date them and keep adding to them so when you get their address you will be ready to send a letter and send one every day if only high it's been a busy day for me but I miss you and love you. My granddaughter said there was nothing like hearing her name called at Mail Time

Comment by Grandma D on November 8, 2017 at 7:38pm

Welcome to all moms who are just starting the Journey of boot camp in Great Lakes. I am a grandmother and we just finished graduating there September 29th. Get on YouTube and put in Navy boot camp and you will be able to see a lot of things. Let me tell you mother it will be hard and probably harder on you than your sailor. First 72 hours or bad. Our granddaughter the first two times she called home did nothing but cry but you know what on graduation day I saw a young lady that had grown up and she looked radiant. They are taking a bunch of teenagers and making them into sailors.  Just letting you know don't let the tears shake you up expect them. Get connected with moms in your son or daughter's division because you will have so much in common and when you go for graduation you will have made friends that you will be so excited to meet there. Please keep us informed with any concerns

 

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