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Military Care Package - What You Can Do To Support The Troups
Military Care Package To Support The Troops
Did you know that there are many things that you can do in support of the military? On this page I share some of the small things that I have done and explain how to get involved if you would like to help.
With the Holiday Season coming up, it is time to start getting in gear so that if you are sending packages, they will arrive on time.
Proceeds from this page are donated to Soldiers Angels so that they may continue to help as well.
Ready to get started.
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How I Started Sending Care Packages
Care packages are such a welcome sight to those fighting overseas. I have been sending care packages as often as I can. When I first decided that's what I would do, I didn't personally know anyone in the active military. I looked online to find out how to help and found a web site, ANY SOLDIER.COM
You don't get every individual name, but the name and APO Address for a group coordinator who will see to it that everything gets distributed within their group. It is on a more personal level that way so the leader can make sure that men and women who receive little or nothing from home will be included. At the ANY SOLDIER.COM website, you will have to register so they can avoid spam mail, but then you will be able to read the wish list.
Packages are addressed like this
ATTN: Any Soldier (Marine, Airman,Sailor) There is a list for each service branch.
c/o Pvt 1st Class Bob Smith (for example)
with the military address
Sending a care package became an easy thing to do after I read their wish list. They really don't ask for anything, but list what they miss from home or have a hard time getting access to where they are. I never imagined that dark colored hair ponytail holders would be on that list. Turns out that they are not supposed to wear bright colors or ones that contrast with their hair color, camo of sorts.
How To Make Your Own Care Packages
If you have an individual in mind, it is pretty easy to tailor a custom care care package. I have been sending packages to people I don't know, but since they are fighting for my freedom, that's good enough reason for me.
I read letters from group leaders who serve anywhere from 2 to 200 troops. They provide wish and need list for those in their group and make sure that no one is forgotten.
A very simple thing to do is just sit down and write a few letters, put them in a large mailing envelope or box and send them. Throw in any paper, pens or envelopes you have left over so they might use them to write letters to their loved ones. I do the same thing with greeting cards. I'm not sure where they would get a birthday card for their child while they are on the battlefield.
Shipping Materials For Making Your Own Boxes
Secure the items you send with good tape.
Use padded envelopes if possible. The packages have a long way to ride and will be handled many times.
Get Free Boxes And Labels From The USPS
The Unites States Postal Service provides boxes to be used with their Flat Rate Service. Boxes can be picked up at your local Post Office or they can be ordered online and delivered to your home. Yes, Free Boxes And Labels.
The boxes ordered online come in bulk packs starting with 10 boxes. Just set up a Free account on the USPS web site and select what you need.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF BOXES TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE ORDER PAGE.
Items To Put In Care Packages
One of the most request items is wet wipes, especially the small size pack that is easy to carry in a pocket.
They also love hand warmers and something to keep their head warm.
The women appreciate these hair bands and please remember that they can not wear anything bright or flashy.
Split up this pack to help several different people.
Send some cards that they can use to send back home.
Hard candies are prefered. Soft candy sometimes melts in transit.
More Ideas For Making Your Own Care Package - Personal Care Products
Items I see often on wish list are: Razors for men and women * Lotion * Shampoo and Conditioner * Hair brushes and Combs * Flip Flops or Shower Shoes
( rubber Flip Flops from the dollar store work fine for the shower )
Send refill packs or any type disposable razor
Brush and comb together or individually add to a nice shower set.
Separate bath items from food items so they don't absorb odors.
One Thing Leads To Another
You won't believe how the little things that we disregard and throw away can add up to a wonderful care package or gift box.
A few years ago I helped on a project in my community called Share Your Christmas. The main objective was to host dinner for anyone who needed it and provide gifts for children. I was on the gift wrap committee. While I was working on that, I saw many more opportunities to help. I had so many clothes left over from a huge garage sale, so I made arrangements for a classroom at the church for the day of the dinner. I brought in clothes racks and used their tables to set up what looked like a little store. I gave away all the clothes.
One thing that kept bothering me was, what about the adults, the people in my community who were recommended to attend the dinner by social services. Would they get anything for Christmas? The answer was Yes, if I had anything to do with it. At that point I was on a mission.
I started in my closet looking through my suitcases for all the pretty little soaps and shampoo bottles I had saved from my trips. They would have been souvenirs or handy if I ran out at home, but I started with those as the basis for gift baskets for the ladies. Then I went door to door to all the businesses in town, explained what I was trying to do and asked for things. The things they give out to their customers anyway. I got caps, key chains, t-shirts, pens, note pads, calendars, movie rentals, coupons for ice cream cones and lots more goodies. The grocery store gave me the wrapping paper also.
I gathered and sorted till I could make a little gift baskets for about 125 men and women. With help from my granddaughter and niece and many hours in what I think is the world greatest craft room in (my) world we made packages. Pretty packages.
On Share Your Christmas day, the children and adults all had a gift. This lead me to sending packages to soldiers.
I guess the moral of the story here is,
You don't have to spend a lot of money to put together a box.
You don't have to do it by yourself.
You can do it.
It's better than gossip. I shared what I had been doing with my family. They are great support , always chipping in anything they can. My project for sending boxes to the military was no different. My mom and step dad were already sending phone cards and boxes to children of people they know.
They are grand parents and great grand parents of my grand kids and nieces I write about in many of my articles. From time to time, my mom will go through the play room and box up things that they had handy for the kids to play with, but never used. I get coloring books, crayons, markers, tablets, word games, puzzles and craft items. Well, that's the short list. Those things are also among some of the things that are on wish list I have read, so I send them.
It never crossed my mind before I read a letter, that sauce from Taco Bell would be missed. Simple things that we take for granted and throw in the trash with our empty hamburger sack would be great for a soldier to stick in his or her pocket to spice up a meal in the field. So here I go again, I put out the word to save those packets for me. When I had a box full, I sent them. Ketchup, mustard, tarter sauce, taco sauce, soy sauce, you name it, any thing that came with take out meals.
I love to fix up small individual packages with the things I save from hotels. For the women I add a few things like hair bands and and tie it all up in a little bag with a bow. For men, I add things like razors and hair combs. They also like the hotel shoe shine cloths to wipe their guns down. I use zip lock bags or cellophane treat bags. When I have extra time, I sew up drawstring bags from fabric. Then all of the small packages go into a box with a letter of thanks to whomever receives it.
Get the picture? You can do that.
Items To Make Pretty Packages
Could you put together 72 bags of goodies to say thank you.
This ribbon is easy to tie off the bags since it will hold a hard knot.
Other Things I Have Sent
Christmas Lights and Decorations for different occasions. They would like to have things to fix up there area a little to enjoy on their down time.
I had a whole new reason for untangling a bunch of lights that I probably would have never used again.
The checkered flag banners that we had acquired at sometime went to help spruce up an area where they can watch sports on tv.
Christmas Stockings For Military
This is an example of a stocking that can be personalized if you want to send one to a relative. They are available for all branches of the service.
Send a stocking alone that can be used to decorate with during the holidays or fill it full of goodies.
What I have done is not the story here. I hope to inspire others and provide information and ideas on ways to help.
Some Organizations Helping The Military
Vintage Photo From My Family Albums
Gift idea for military collectors.
Military Greeting Cards
If you don't want to do the mailing, check locally for a collection center that is preparing boxes to send. Drop your cards by to add to what they are sending.
Unique designs especially for military.
Tribute To Roy J. Houston ~ My Step Dad - Thank You For Your Military Service And For Contributing Your Story To My Article
I joined the Texas National Guard in November 1953 and when discharged in 1956 I was a corporal and a radio operator. I was in the 49th armored Division. I joined the Air Force in January of 1957 went to basic training at San Antonio and from there to Biloxi Mississippi for basic electronics and Radar Equipment training.
When I completed training I had 30 days leave and was assigned to West Mesa Air Force Station New Mexico west of Albuquerque New Mexico in the Air Defense Command. I stayed there for 2 Years and then was sent to a radar site at Ajo Arizona. After 6 months I was sent to Puntzie Mountain Air Force Station West of Williams Lake British Columbia in the Pine tree defense command where I stayed for a Year. During that time I was promoted to airman first class. I then transferred to Manassas Air Force Station Virginia in the Air defense Command where I stayed until April of 1964.
I received orders to go to the Philippines and after moving my family back to Texas I went to California and flew out to the Philippines on June 6 1964 I was assigned to 5th tactical Air Force. I was on temporary duty assignments which covered Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan in southeast Asia I was assigned to.
My wife got sick in February of 1965 and I came home on leave. I tried for a reassignment in the states but was turned down. I then asked for a discharge and it was approved on March 11 1965. That is the story of my life in the Guard and in the Air Force.
Send Pre-Made Care Packages Or Gift Baskets Online
There are several care packages online that are called Military Care Packages. Those are great to send.
Other gift boxes and gift baskets not labeled for Military are in reality, just more of the same with a different name.
A variety of snack goodies.
A nice pack of personal items would be appreciated.
Sgt. Jason Gaskin Talks About The Importance Of Letters - Click the arrow to play video
Have Time To E-Mail A Letter?
The You Tube video is targeted at a local audience, but you can e-mail a letter instead of dropping it off at a dealership.
Go to the Soldiers Angles Facebook page where you can send a letter online.
It will only cost a few minutes of your time.
Click this logo or the link below.
- Letters For Lyrics
Link To Soldiers Angles Facebook page to send a letter by E-mail.
Pearl Harbor And Memorials
When my oldest niece graduated from High School, I was asked to accompany her on a trip to Hawaii.
We visited many sights and I would like to share some of those pictures with you.
An American Hero
Just one of the many heroes, but J.R. Martinez came to my attention on Dancing With The Stars. He was severely wounded in Iraq and has turned his story into a beautiful dance in honor of all the fallen heroes.
I cried through the whole thing when I watched it on t.v. so I was glad to see that the video is on You Tube. I watched it, cried a little more, then posted it to share with you.
As a competitive dancer, I know that behind the scenes, dancers are made up a lot, some you may not recognize in their "good morning" face. I have the highest regard for J.R., with what he has gone through and his attitude for making the best of things.
Watch J.R. Dance
This will make you cry.