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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.

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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 Sunday

US Navy Recruit Training Command FAQ for Families/Friends:

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Saturday
Sarah's Mom -it's boot camp, not summer camp LOL No, you cannot send packages of any kind to boot camp.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 5, 2015 at 6:40pm

Hi Seesmom!  I'm kind of partial to making and sending a big box of brownies to share, and you can add in candles and a card.  Everyone loves chocolate LOL  Otherwise, have you asked in the Japan Moms group for a birthday-cake resource on or near the base?

Comment by seesmom SHIP11 DIV 177 PIR 6-15 on January 29, 2015 at 5:37pm

I have a son at NAF Atsugi, Japan and I would love to be able to send him a birthday cake this year.  Anyone here know there is a way to do that?  It's the end of February.  Thanks

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 13, 2015 at 9:53pm

Valentine's Day is coming up!  Anyone with some great ideas to share?  This link has "eight great care package ideas" including one for V'Day.  I love her story about how her first care package arrived ahead of husband in Afghanistan, and his CO greeted him with, "So, we hear you're getting married." Funny!  These are pics of her care package :)  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 4, 2015 at 10:47pm

Here's to a wonderful New Year of creative, fun and useful care packages that entertain and support our loved ones!!  To our new members - remember no question is silly so ask away.  ALL members - please share the stuff you send, cool stuff you come across, and the specific things your sailor asks for.  This is how we help each other.  Putting together care packages is a wonderful way to stay sane during deployments and just plain get used to separation from our loved ones!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on November 20, 2014 at 10:31pm

The Navy is changing mailing addresses for ships, afloat units, and ashore FPOs to improve service, reduce costs and get mail to service members more efficiently. Here's what you need to know -

1. No more nine digit zip codes

The new Navy Standardized Addressing format only requires the use of a five-digit zip code, more like standard mail. The USPS process will automatically generate a barcode with any additional digits that are required for delivery. This change will eliminate undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail currently being returned to sender.

2. New virtual boxes

A new four digit virtual box number will be added to the standard addressing format. This number will be unique to each service member and will aid in getting your mail to you and not someone else.

3. Faster delivery!

With the new format, the Postal Service is anticipating reducing transit time by 7 to 21 days for letter mail and publications. That makes it more likely that you'll receive the August issue of Sports Illustrated in the mail before Thanksgiving!

4. Less Expensive

The new Navy Standardized Addressing format is expected to save Navy postal operators $1.2 million annually in labor and transportation costs. 

5. Any Questions?

Visit your base/command post office or talk to a postal clerk or read the NAVADMIN on the Navy Personnel Command website.

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Comment by Jennifer33486 on November 16, 2014 at 5:06pm

thank you Marcy !

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on November 14, 2014 at 5:40pm

WELCOME new members!!  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on October 30, 2014 at 6:02pm

This page has a ton of creative care package ideas, and Thanksgiving is the second one down :)


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