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Care Package Ideas

Themes, recipes, all kinds of ideas plus mailing tips and tricks.  It's fun to have them here in one place, so come get ideas and share yours!  

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Carla:  I am a moderator for Navy moms on Yahoo, but also through the years have done troop support for all branches. I also have started and maintained hometown troop support, and send from our little community in Spirit Lake, Idaho - that has been very very cool. So, if you have ideas you want to share, bring it on and read and enjoy and use!  My email is crlstrt5@msn.com if you have any questions or comments.  Feel free to share these in other groups or with friends.

Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom:  I'm co-admin and been sending care packages since 2008!  The best method is using the flat-rate priority boxes from USPS.  There's a two-dollar discount when sending to an APO/FPO address and you can send up to 70 lbs - that's 7.7 bricks!  You can order a free carton of 10 or 25 of the large-size boxes to be delivered to you at USPS APO/FPO flat-rate boxes; or call them at 800-610-8734 and request the "military pack" of six assorted boxes, customs forms, tape and address labels.  It can take two weeks or more for mail to arrive, and much longer if your sailor is deployed.  Tips:  To save space, remove things from original packaging and put them in Ziplock bags.  Don't pack fragrant items such as soap or fabric softener sheets with food as the odors get absorbed.  Use clear tape or USPS priority tape to seal.  Put a copy of the address IN the box.  Storage space is limited so send accordingly :)  And everyone loves to share cookies, brownies, anything chocolate!  

Just HOW does your care package reach the ship?  Watch!  Video: Underway replenishment - Guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) sailor Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Marian Byrd discusses her role as a rig captain during replenishment-at-sea evolutions.

And if you've got the bug and would like to do more, please consider joining Molly's Adopt a Sailor here on Navyformoms.com.  Every month they adopt a DEPLOYED ship or unit and send the service members themed packages.  It's a super-fun and friendly group and you'll make great friends while sending much-needed and appreciated love and support from home!

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MM(CVN75) on Wednesday

Thanks for the welcome Marcy!  I've been sending care packages to my son for the last 2 years while he's been in nuke school, but now looking forward to the new challenge of when he deploys!  I'm gathering ideas ;-)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 10, 2015 at 11:09am
Welcome B'sNukeMoM to the group! Carla, I enjoy being your co-admin as I LOVE putting together and sending care packages :)
Comment by Carla Street on April 10, 2015 at 9:59am

I just love coming in here once in awhile an seeing how you all are doing.  Thanks again Marcy for keeping the site going and being so helpful to everyone.   Julie is doing great now. Busy mom of 4, still at Whidbey Island were she was stationed while being in the navy.   Hope all is well.  My home town support group is still going strong and we are still sending care packages to deployed.   Take care all!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 6, 2015 at 12:01am

You're right Angie -I should have said "six weeks or more" :)  Needs of the Navy all the way!   

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on April 5, 2015 at 2:28pm
As Marcy said ship is deployed it can take several weeks or couple of months....and if the ship is in the middle of a major sorority and busy the have to wait for a RAS (Replinshemnt At Sea) and sometimes during a RAS the mail will come last in importance. They also pick up mail the next port call. Hopefully tjey will get them soon!
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 5, 2015 at 12:46pm
If his ship is deployed it can be as much as six weeks. It's not to do with USPS, it's the deployment and underway replenishments (I posted a video of one below that shows the amazing process).
Comment by Khaeos on April 5, 2015 at 12:17pm
Does anyone know the approximate timeframe for the sailors to receive the mail/packages to the deployed ships, using the new USPS mail format? I mailed a small package 3/17/2015... he says he hasn't received it yet. My son is on a deployed carrier. Another mom said she sent something on 3/10/2015, her son hasn't received her either.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 25, 2015 at 7:24pm

Ever wonder just how that care package actually gets to the ship?  This is a great video of an underway replenishment (UNREP) that includes connected replenishment (CONREP) and vertical replenishment via helo (VERTREP).  Here's a link to photos of what happens "behind the scenes" too - http://www.wearethemighty.com/watch-sailors-get-supplies-one-danger...  

The ships in the video are USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) and USNS Wally Schirra, filmed in April 2014.  The whole process is amazing and fraught with all sorts of danger - Bravo Zulu to all the sailors who pull it off, all over the world, every day!  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 28, 2015 at 10:22pm

US Navy Recruit Training Command FAQ for Families/Friends:  http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/faq_family.asp

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 28, 2015 at 10:43am
Sarah's Mom -it's boot camp, not summer camp LOL No, you cannot send packages of any kind to boot camp.
 

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