Our sweet son-in-law Austin is deployed to Saudi Arabia. We miss him terribly, but we’ve been sending him boxes with love inside!
Our daughter has been very clever in her designs trying to keep the boxes filled with food from home and necessary items he can’t find overseas.
He loves receiving these gifts of love!
Other guys in his unit wait for his boxes to arrive so they can see what the next box looks like. Sadly, many men in his unit don’t get mail or cards or boxes. I can’t imagine being overseas and not receiving a piece of home.
Can I ask you to think about making a box and sending to one of our troops?
Here are some ideas to make a memorable box:
- “A Little Piece of our Home”
His / her favorite foods, Arizona beef jerky/ foods, shirt from home state, coffee cup, magnet
- “Under the Sea”
Goldfish Crackers, Hawaiian Punch Packets(Surfer on the front), gummy octopus, Tuna Helper, salt water taffy, shrimp Top Ramen, swedish fish, Lifesavers
- Breakfast Box
instant oatmeal, pancake mix, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, orange juice mix packets, box cereal, new toothbrush, coffee and tea
- “We Will Always Be Under the Same Sky”
movies, dark boxes of food, date night foods or snacks
- “Movie Night”
new movies, popcorn boxes, microwave popcorn, movie candy, soda/water powder mix-ins, beef jerky, fuzzy socks
- “End of Summer”
Lemonheads, new t-shirt, sunscreen, aloe vera, Hawaiian or Tropical scented deodorant or soap, Pringles, sunflower seeds
- “Get Well Soon”
pajama pants, Tylenol, protein powder, cough drops, Vitamin C Emergen C, bandaids, Neosporin, Tums, suckers/lollipops, tea, Top Ramen
- “You Spice Up My Life”
taco seasoning, rice in a bag, spice powder mixes (swedish meatballs, hollandaise sauce, dry rub for meat), canned enchilada sauce, corn tortillas, canned refried beans, canned pizza sauce, bag pizza crust mix, sriracha sauce, Pad Thai noodles/ rice noodles, Annie Chun’s microwave meals
- “Thanksgiving / Christmas Dinner”
box stuffing/ dressing, instant mashed potatoes, canned yams, green bean casserole: canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, dry biscuit mix, canned corn, turkey jerky, turkey spam, dry gravy mix, apple cider mix, cranberry sauce, handheld pies, paper plates, plastic silverware, tablecloth, paper napkins, disposable foil trays
- “Gingerbread Box”
gingerbread house kit, squeeze tube icing, sprinkles, decorative gingerbread (for cupcakes), hot chocolate packets
- ” Winter /Christmas”
Hostess sno balls, wintergreen gum, peppermint tea, fun socks, Christmas movie, candy canes, thin blanket, window clings
- “New Years Eve”
champagne shaped bottle filled with candy, new wall calendar, candy sushi, party hats, paper horns
A couple of things to keep in mind:
- some countries have different religious beliefs and customs. Please check to see what is allowed to be received in that region. If you pack an not allowed item, it will be confiscated.
- glass and sharp objects and carbonated items will break and ruin all the other items.
- some regions get very, very warm so double check if chocolate will melt
The United States Post Office offers FREE Military Care Package Kits. They will send to you:
Two APO /FPO flat rate boxes, four medium flat rate boxes, Priority Mail tape, address labels, and customs forms. To order go HERE to order the supplies shipped directly to you. After you pack your box, you will pay a small flat rate fee to ship.
There are many organizations that sponsor care packages to troops:
So, what do you think? Great idea? Lifting the spirits of those who can’t be home for the holidays is a small way you can make a difference for those who protect and serve. Let me know what ideas you created for your box!