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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:
http://gratitudecampaign.org/fullmovie.php

These are opinions and ideas just of a personal note from Carla Street. My email is crlstrt5@msn.com 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 www.usps.gov 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 Ingrid on July 8, 2014 at 2:59pm

Hello ladies. 

My son deployed yesterday from Hawaii and his gf (also a sailor) is stationed also in Hawaii but didn't get deployed.  My son will be gone for 7 months. I will be sending my son care packages through out that time, but I was thinking of sending his gf care packages to her to help her get through this rough time and let the time go by fast.  any suggestions........

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 4, 2014 at 4:15pm

Happy Fourth everyone!  Anyone send a theme package out?  

And hi Carla!  I love this group and enjoy sharing the link to it with others.  So many good ideas here!  

A reminder to new moms, you have to use the nine-digit ZIP code when mailing to an FPO address or your package will be returned to you.  Just had a mom in another group learn this the hard way  :(   It's been mandatory since July 2013.  http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=75365

Comment by Carla Street on June 24, 2014 at 10:31pm

Marcy...from what I can tell you use this site a lot.  Thank you for all you do!  My little tiny group here in Spirit Lake Idaho is getting ready to send out 10 packages tomorrow.  Still working on home town support.

Comment by Carla Street on June 24, 2014 at 10:29pm

Okay  I am bad.  Haven't been here for EVER.  I love it that my navy moms from yahoo group has been so helpful.  (Sadly it's pretty much non active.)   Keep up the good work everyone and keep sending away!   Daughter Julie is doing well and raising 4 boys. LOL.  Life is good!

Comment by Michiganbelle on June 24, 2014 at 1:20am
Well this is veru interesting! It appears my post office didn't know that, And told me I had to fill out the long form and she was still in Norfolk! Now I can go into the PO armed with good information!
Comment by Sammie812 on June 23, 2014 at 8:56pm

When my son was in Coronado I sent him packages and yes he had to go pick it up. USPS will not deliver.

Comment by Sammie812 on June 23, 2014 at 8:52pm

I did not have to fill out a form, and my son is on the GHW Bush in the Arabian Sea. It seems like it depends on the post office you us. Weird but true.

Comment by lmnadelady on June 23, 2014 at 8:49pm

My son is attached to a Squadron.  I will have to ask if he can get mail at a street address on base.  He lives off base, but the USPS won't leave the package and he has to get to the post office to pick it up.

Comment by mrsb on June 23, 2014 at 6:18pm

lmnadelady, if he's at Pt Mugu you shouldn't have to do a customs form.  Those are for over seas, as far as I know.  There should be a regular street address.  My son is in Groton and I just ship his packages to the base.  

Comment by AmOm on June 23, 2014 at 5:02pm
Imnsdelady, you are partially correct. When sending FPOs or APOs, you do not have to do the long customs form you just need to do the short PS Form 2976. I can't begin to tell you how many times the post office employees tell me I have to have the long form and I tell them no I don't please look at your screen. I've never gotten a package back and I almost always get there within 14 days.
 

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