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Care Package Ideas

There are so many ideas out there, groups that actually will send packages or gifts to our troops, recipes, themes, all kinds of ideas it would be fun to have an area to store them even though we have them scattered in other groups.

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I am a moderator for navy moms on yahoo but also thru the years have done troop support for all branches. I also have started and maintained home town troop support and send from our little community in Spirit Lake Idaho that has been very very cool. So, if anyone has ideas they want to share and a way to group this, or if it just ends up that I can share the ideas I've recieved thru the years, bring it on and read and enjoy and use! If anyone needs suggestions on how to start a support group or how to send packages.

You'll find this invaluable:

These are opinions and ideas just of a personal note from Carla Street. My email is if you have any questions or comments. Please let me know if any of the links don't work now or you have problems with them. Feel free to share these in other groups or with friends. Please leave on any credits I've left on, these aren't MY ideas, they are ones I've gathered from other groups and friends.

If you can't tell, I believe in the right to protest, the right to your opinion, but 100% support my military. I do it just in a personal way and want to encourage you to do what every you can to also support them, all politics aside. There are sites to do things like protect our medals and to send prayer blankets, you name it, they have it. Most of them are free. Always give credit to who first shared it if you can and respect their rights.

ADVICE: If you are sending personal care packages, use the flat rate boxes. They are FREE from the post office. They CAN be used for military and APO FPO addresses. As a matter of fact they have just developed a larger box that they give a discount if you are sending it APO/FPO. Go to and type in "flat rate". You can get the boxes shipped to you from the post office for FREE in boxes of 25. Same with the custom slips. It's much nicer to do it at home. Don't bother with trying the faster services you have to pay more. Those only get it to someone faster stateside. These only get there as fast as the military gets them there. Expect a package to take at least 10 days to 14 days to arrive. In Afghanistan it takes often takes longer.

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Tuesday

daycare217, the military box (and discount) are for Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses only.  It's still a good idea to use USPS priority mail to send to domestic addresses like A school - gets there usually in two days and the price is reasonable, especially compared to FedEx.

Comment by daycare217 on October 16, 2014 at 12:24am

Marcy can we use those boxes to send care pkgs to our sailor at A school?

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on October 10, 2014 at 8:21pm

You can order a free case of large-size (12"x12"x5.5") flat-rate FPO/APO boxes at this link, choose 10 or 25 boxes under "Format."  No tape or customs forms included.

Comment by chriscwick on October 6, 2014 at 9:36am
For a USPS Military Care Kit, which includes; various "If it fits" boxes, tape, customs forms, clear sleeves & labels, call 1-800-610-8734
Comment by Peter's Mom on October 4, 2014 at 4:12pm
I have sent 3 care packages from the USPS,and they had several sizes. I thought it was reasonable! My sons package took exactly 2 weeks to get there!
Comment by Hesh'sMom on October 4, 2014 at 3:06pm

Do they still have the boxes for sending a package to military at the Post office?  My husband went to get one and they gave him a really small box that not much will fit into.

Comment by lmnadelady on October 3, 2014 at 8:45pm

angelasloveD, he lives in Oxnard.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on October 3, 2014 at 6:04pm

Sierrascrapper, here's my two cents worth :)  The cake in a jar thing is appealing as a clever idea, but in practice it's kind of a sad little single serving.  Why not send a batch or two of brownies instead, since they can be enjoyed and shared (they ALL love chocolate brownies!!) and that makes it more of a celebration?  Add some candles and a box of matches, maybe decorate them with a little drizzled frosting and star sprinkles?  

Comment by angelalovesD(Ship 14 Div 274) on October 3, 2014 at 4:20pm

Imnadelady, I am so happy!!!!  Again, if you ever need help, I'm here!  You never know, he could live in my neighborhood!

Comment by Sierrascrapper (Class 1450-MT) on October 3, 2014 at 2:09pm

So I have read different things about the whole cake in a jar thing and I am trying to decide whether I want to do this or not for my son for his birthday.  Out of all the posts I've read about sending cakes in a jar to military members, I've never heard of one instance where someone got sick from it. However, the article regarding botulism concerns me.  If this is such a come I haven't heard any instances of it happening to anyone?


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