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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 Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 16, 2015 at 1:31am

Regarding A school care packages, you may want to check with your sailor first.  Those who have gone through the Hospital Corps A school say that the hassle of going to the post office outweighs the benefits and most are adamant about NOT wanting care packages while there.  Also, keep in mind that after A school, sailors have to carry everything to their next duty station in their sea bags or ship extras home.  A good gift during A school can be a Visa gift card that can be delivered via email and used at the NEX or wherever.  

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on June 14, 2015 at 10:41am

Yes you can send them care packages in A-school

Comment by Alex's_Mom on June 14, 2015 at 7:47am

Can you send them care packages once they get into A School or do you have to wait til later on?

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 7, 2015 at 11:13pm

Welcome to the group MT's Mom!  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 11, 2015 at 7:10pm

Welcome Catt443!

Comment by Mommamac MM(CVN77) on May 4, 2015 at 8:18pm

Thank you so much for the welcome Marcy. I didn't know they had a group like this. I love sending our son care packages and now that he has finally gotten to his ship, I'm sure the thing s I send him will change. I'm looking forward to what our future holds for us. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 4, 2015 at 7:24pm

Welcome Mommamac MM(CVN77)!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MM2(CVN75) on April 15, 2015 at 6:54pm

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!

 

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