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Care Packages for Our Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen can brighten an otherwise dark day.

Use this area to share ideas and addresses for Care Packages!

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Let's Have a Clearing House for Care Package Ideas and Addresses


Many of us send care packages to our sons and daughters scattered around the globe. Often we would like to do more....

I thought we might use this space to develop ideas of things to ship to our troops protecting our freedom. Also we might look at setting up a list of addresses that we could use to ship to. It is Girl Scout cookie season and I know one of our members sends cookies to troops all over. I've sent phone cards to combat areas through the USO so our soldiers could call home for the holidays. I'm sure there are hundreds of ideas out there....lets support our troops by sending them the things from home they miss and to let them them know that America supports them.



I've had some requests for the care package label template:


Updated (7 Sept 2013)!! here is the Microsoft Publisher template- Avery 5163 label: 


NavyDads Mailing Labels


and the PDF for it: NavyDadsLabelversion2nosignature1-5.pdf


Use this .zip file for PDF version


APO/FPO/DPO Guidelines& Restrictions guide for USPS

Watch a video to learn how to print a shipping label with a customs form

Complete customs forms online

USPS "FREE" Military Care Kit or the "Mili-Kit"

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care packages

Started by jim peterson. Last reply by Ralph Pinney Feb 2, 2014. 2 Replies

9-Digit ZIP Code is Key to Getting Mail...

Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary Sep 10, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on September 24, 2014 at 10:38am

@Phil Halmers that's a great question. I'd contact CVN-70's ombudsman and ask what would be the best way to address this...

Keep us posted!

Comment by Phil Halmers on September 24, 2014 at 10:04am

Hi all-  I have been approached by a local 5th grade class that would like to send Christmas cards to the sailors aboard the Carl Vinson (my son's ship).  I know that pkgs cannot be sent unless addressed to a specific Sailor.  Does the same hold true with cards and letters? Thanks,

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 15, 2014 at 9:25pm

The Naval Supply Systems Command's (NAVSUP) mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25 deliveries of holiday cards, letters, and packages were released Sept. 15.

For mail addressed to/from:
APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966
* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 10
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 26
* Standard Post Mail: Nov. 8

* Priority Express Mail Military Service: N/A
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 3
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 26
* Standard Post Mail: Nov. 8

Domestic Mail (For Ships in Port and Personnel on Shore Duty in the U.S. mailing to U.S. destinations-not including APO/FPO)
* First-Class Mail: Dec. 20
* Priority Mail: Dec. 20
* Priority Express Mail: Dec. 23

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Africa and Central and South America should be mailed no later than Dec. 2.

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Asia/Pacific Rim; Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Caribbean; Mexico, Europe; and the Middle East should be mailed no later than Dec. 9.

All classes of mail addressed to FPO addresses must contain the proper nine-digit ZIP code or the New Navy Standardized Address format, which includes ship or mobile unit number, (or PSC number for ashore FPOs), virtual mail box number, and five-digit ZIP code to ensure delivery. Mail not addressed correctly could be returned to sender as undeliverable.

Priority Express Mail Military Service (PEMMS) is available from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO/DPO address, check with your local post office to determine if PEMMS service is available and specific delivery service standards.

Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to parcels mailed to APO/FPO addresses at parcel post rates first transported domestically by surface, then to overseas destinations by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. From overseas locations, items mailed at Standard Post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined.

It is recommended customers check with local civilian or military post offices for information regarding size restrictions and customs declaration form requirements. Customers are advised mailing restrictions apply and some items cannot be mailed. Examples of non-mailable items are: alcohol, switchblade knives, pornography, controlled substances, and explosive or incendiary devices. If in doubt, contact your local civilian or military post office.

As a final note, customers should ensure articles are packaged properly for mailing and packages do not display markings related to any type of hazardous material, such as bleach, alcohol, or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed.

The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team share one mission-to deliver sustained global logistics capabilities to the Navy and Joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps' diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality of life issues for the naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to the fleet and across the world.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 5, 2014 at 9:20am

you will be sending lots of care packages------I was reading through past posts in the Care Package group and ran across something my daughter sent me in '09:

I think every shop I've ever been to on a shoot has had a coffee maker. There's a joke that all a sailor needs to look like their in charge is a coffee mug and a bad attitude. Or something. I know everyone would love coffee and in my experience any type of flavored creamer (powdered for easy shipping) french vanilla is usually the most popular flavor. Any type of sweets go over well. That box of biscotti you sent me went like retarded fast. I don't know about other ships but we had pallates of girl scout cookies on the ship on deployment. But it would all be appreciated.

Comment by Paige on August 28, 2014 at 6:42pm

Paul... I understand completely and am guilty of doing the same.  FYI to our group members interested in supporting our Fleet sailors... The Carl Vinson and her Carrier Support Group just left last Friday for a long deployment.  I have a Navy mom friend with a sailor on board the Vinson that I will be sending out occasional care packages to.  I also will be sending packages to one of my son's buddies and his platoon who will be deploying overseas soon.

Appreciate all that you've done Paul to support our troops!! 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 28, 2014 at 6:34pm

Thanks Paige...I have let other things get in the way of sending packages...with Eric on shore duty, it seems I've lost contacts on the carriers but need to start sending things again!!!!

Comment by Paige on August 28, 2014 at 6:28pm

Thank you for sending out the group message Paul.  It's a reminder that I should be more active in the group and share in my experience with regards to sending out care packages.

Jerky is still among the top of the list of favorite items to receive.  Along with that idea... just about any snack food item is a welcomed gift as the ship's store quickly sells out of these popular items during deployment. Homemade goodies are also among the favorites, but only send items that will keep preserved for the shipping process.  It can take anywhere from a week to several weeks for packages to arrive to their destination.  Phone calling cards are another appreciated gift and will help insure you receive contact from your sailor. They are relatively inexpensive, so consider purchasing several calling cards and request that your sailor share them with his fellow shipmates.

I can't stress the point enough about how important it is to our sailors and soldiers to receive care packages from home especially during times of deployment. It is a moral booster like no other. And, in a way, we are making a contribution to the success of their mission.    

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 6, 2014 at 6:19am

I've updated the links with the latest info and tools for completing customs forms online. Get your care packages packed and shipped!!!!

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 21, 2013 at 7:19pm
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 19, 2013 at 10:48am
Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays.

Officials Announce Deadlines for Holiday Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2013 – Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays.

Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at that shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/DPO numbers of various destinations.

USPS is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85. The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide, officials said.

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available free at local post offices, or can be ordered from USPS online. Postage, labels and customs forms also are available online.


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