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Care Packages

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.



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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 fishdad on March 27, 2013 at 9:13pm

We bought and shipped 6 cases of cookies this year. We've had some really positive feedback from the Troops! 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 1, 2013 at 12:12pm

Hey's Girl Scout cookie a bunch and include in your care packages.....

Comment by fishdad on October 10, 2012 at 8:34am

We've headed up a Military Ministry and have mailed hundreds of boxes over the past 3 years. We've only 'lost' one box and have only had one box 'destroyed' over the years. Not a bad track record. 

Comment by lauren on October 9, 2012 at 11:00pm
Shipping to deployed troops for 4 years I don't know of any packages getting lost
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 9, 2012 at 8:48pm

Not too often.....never had any of mine get lost for two deployments.  It can happen, after all, sometimes these packages end up on the other side of the world!

Comment by Brian on October 9, 2012 at 8:37pm
probably a dumb question lol....but is it better to send more then one box at a time to make sure one gets there? Do they get lost often?
Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on September 23, 2012 at 10:47am

This may be old news for some but I did not know about this up until recently when I was told by a friend. USPS offers FREE Military Care Package Mailing Kit!

Hit "0" if you get lost with their touch tone options! You want to reach their Packaging & Supplies representative. They'll take down your home address and email. You will also be given a customer number for the next time you place an order.

PLEASE NOTE: These supplies are "strictly" for use to send to an APO/FPO address...

Thanks USPS!

Comment by Ralph Pinney on September 17, 2012 at 6:29pm

We have a care package ready to go.   It's just going to Pensacola as our son is in A school there, but we are gearing up for when he gets on board the USS Eisenhower.  For him, mini moon pies, twizzlers, and jelly bellys.  Nothing special in packaging.   Just leaving everything in original packaging.  I have also included a bunch of jerky I made and vacuume packed this weekend.   He will get some, plus I have included packs for 3 buddies of his choice.  That's the plan going forward.  Some for him plus some for a few others.

Comment by fishdad on August 9, 2012 at 8:45am

We have found that a good way to pack cookies is to pack them in a rubbermaid container surrounded by mini marshmallows. Keeps the cookies intact and they get an additional yummy. Works like a charm. Even with our sons favorite, homemade shortbread, which is very soft. 

Comment by Forrest Glass on August 6, 2012 at 9:32pm

I sent my son one of those fans Amber recommended.  It was less that 9 bucks at Target.  I hope they work OK. y boy has a bottom rack, so we'll see.


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