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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 April 2, 2014 at 1:59am

Freddysmom, this group "PIR Reference Information" will have answers to your questions:

Also, agree with Kym about "cutting the cord," hard as it is :)  Once your sailor gets past A school and to his/her first command, you'll be able to communicate and send care packages.  So be patient and at peace knowing that your future sailor is in good hands and having an amazing experience that you'll hear all about after PIR.

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on March 28, 2014 at 7:13pm

 We stayed at Navy Lodge  many times Freddy's mom.....

Have you joined bootcamp moms on this site??  There is tons of info there and  have you joined your PIR group on this site and on FB??? 

also here is the Bootcamp RTC official navy site with tons of info under the Families tab:

Comment by Freddysmom on March 28, 2014 at 7:08pm

any suggestions on hotels? for PIR

Comment by Kym proud mom :) on March 28, 2014 at 1:28am

be careful to the cards also don't send ones that play music....

I think boot camp is a way to cut the cord....

then you get to skype after that :)

Comment by Freddysmom on March 28, 2014 at 12:11am

Thank you

Comment by Calirose on March 28, 2014 at 12:04am
Just cards and letters, I once sent my son newspaper article about our local football team and it was immediately confiscated. He didn't get to even read any of it. He did get yelled at tho. Oops!!
Comment by Freddysmom on March 27, 2014 at 11:58pm

Can they receive any type of care package? or just cards and letters? Thank you so much

Comment by Calirose on March 27, 2014 at 11:56pm
Hi Freddysmom, no food items in boot camp. They're really strict about what's allowed in boot camp and you don't want to send him anything that he'll get In trouble for. Flying under the radar is sometimes the best in boot camp.
Comment by Freddysmom on March 27, 2014 at 11:27pm

Can they receive food items in bootcamp?

Comment by kathleeng on March 17, 2014 at 10:47am

Hi Everyone,  I haven't been on this page in awhile, but I wanted to jump in and ask a question regarding the Cakes in a Jar.  Does anyone know if you can bake something like a poppy seed roll (much smaller version of it, of course) in them?  I traditionally make these for the holidays and with Easter coming, I wanted to know if the jars would work for something like breads/rolls that have yeast in them?  If anyone has ever tried something like that, please let me know!  Thanks!


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