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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 lmnadelady 13 hours ago

Hello, this isn't a care package, but it is a package problem.  I recently sent my sailor a package to his squadron Hanger#, Pt Mugu, CA.   The USPS last tracked it 9/26 at 1AM.  Stating it would be delivered to its destination that day.  I'm presuming once it enters the military postal service, it is no longer tracked.   Well he has not received it yet.  Has anyone had trouble or long delay in delivers to stateside bases.  Wondering if there is anything one can do.  It is a very important package.

Comment by MarshmallowDuty on September 24, 2014 at 12:47pm

just received word that my man on the Gridley got his package from me today!!! :) He was so happy with it! Love hearing his smile through text. Also, I sent him one of my shirts to snuggle with, as we all know we do it with theirs while they are gone. I figured he would like the same. He loved it!!! :) So just an idea for any of you significant others of Navy men! :) 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 6, 2014 at 11:51pm

We had a great meet & greet luncheon of Arizona Navy moms last Sunday, and of course talk turned to care packages.  Everyone was sharing tips with new and bootcamp moms, who are pretty overwhelmed anyway at this point LOL … Just one of the ways you realize how much we learn (and share) along the way!  

Comment by lmnadelady on August 3, 2014 at 8:30pm

One was an order thru Amazon early Dec and his Uncle sent his Christmas gift in Dec to FPO as he was in Japan. Then he surprises us returning to the states 3rd week of Jan. Leave for a month, then 3mo schooling before next duty station.  Those 2 pkgs never showed up. Then I sent to the new Squadron and it was returned not valid address, but in the mean time a direct ship purchase had made and that never arrived.  To say the least we are learning alot.  Lol! :-)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 3, 2014 at 8:03pm

*the "if non-deliverable" section on the customs form, that is.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 3, 2014 at 8:03pm

I write the 'to' and 'from' addresses in Sharpie and cover them with clear tape; and in the "if non-deliverable" section, write "deliver to chaplain," hoping for some divine help when all else fails I guess!  :)  Never occurred to me either to put that info and more inside the box.  

Comment by lmnadelady on August 3, 2014 at 5:58pm

Interesting, hmm suppose we could have put the phone number inside.  3 packages were lost for my son between assignments.  We learn something new everyday :)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 3, 2014 at 12:54am

The August "All Hands Update" includes tips from the USPS Mail Recovery Center for preventing and recovering lost mail:  provide accurate, full addresses; secure mailing labels with tape; and include your phone number and email address inside the package.  Video:  All Hands Update August 2014

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.


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