To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Care Packages

My main focus for Words For Warriors is to send letters, poems, and artwork, however who doesn't like to receive care packages?  Some of these Warriors rely on care packages to get much need supplies because they are so far from any type of civilization and resupply comes few and far between.  When finances allow, I try to send care packages to accompany the letters.  That being said I gladly accept donations for care package items or postage.  If you put together a care package I will combine it with the letters happily mailing it.  (Just email me with your contact information.)  One box costs $11.50 to mail APO Priority Mail and an 8 X 12 envelope cost $4.50 APO Priority Mail.   Just so you know, I will never host a spaghetti feed or bake sale to pay for postage.  I will do the best I can with what I have and what I am given.  
Below I have comprised a list of the most frequently request items by soldiers.  This list will change periodically depending on weather, location, and needs of the soldiers.  Please remember if you buy something unusual to send, it must fit in a 12 X 12 X 6 box.  Thank you. 

Frequently Requested Items
Baby wipes and Hand Sanitizer (Some soldiers do not have running water)
Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
Nuts, Trail Mix, Fruit snacks, Sunflower seeds
Energy Bars
Cookies and Candy
Seasoning Salt
Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, or Propel single servings.  (Any kind of flavored powder to
mix with their water.  These are just some examples.)
Hot chocolate and Apple cider
Coffee, Coffee filters, Creamer, & Sugar  (No coffee in a can.  Not many can openers.)
Single serving Mac & Cheese, Top Ramon noodles, Popcorn (Any single serving
            Microwavable food that does not need refrigeration, or a can opener.)
Peanut butter/Nutella/Crackers
Packets of Tuna fish (no cans)
Chewing gum
AA batteries
Personal hygiene items:  Disposable razors (Mach 3 are a favorite), Shaving cream,
Toothbrush, Tooth paste, Floss, Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-perspirant, Body wash (Axe is a favorite of the men.  Women like anything that smells good.)  Lotion (for men & women)  Feminine hygiene items
Cough drops
Eye wash/Drops (For flushing sand out of their eyes.)
Chap stick
Kleenex pocket sized
Zip Lock style plastic storage bags-assorted sizes
Air Fresheners/ Frebreze
Disposable earbuds/headphones
Pocket sized First-aid kit, Manicure kit, Sewing kit, and Eye glass repair kit
Socks(white gym, and warm winter socks)
Foot Powder (I love to send Anti-Monkey Butt Powder because it's name is so funny.)
Laundry soap- single use travel size and Dryer sheets
Plain envelopes, blank stationary, & black pens
Super absorbent micro fiber body towels
Hand and Foot warmers
Under Armor cold weather clothes (basically long johns), size M, L, & XL
Beanies (no logos), gloves, and scarves
Twin Sheets and Pillow cases
Fun Stuff For Down Time
Water pistols, Light Sabers
Whoopi Cushions
Nerf footballs, baseballs, Frisbees, soccer balls (deflated), basketballs & hoops
Playing cards, Poker chips, Card games, and any other games that will fit in the box.
Puzzle books (crosswords, wordsearch, suduko, ect.)
Magazines, and Books, no matter how old.  I do cut off names & addresses if the
Magazines are delivered to your house.  Remember, there are women, so
Vogue is as welcome as Monster trucks. 
Electronics: DVD’s, games for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, and MP3 players
AT&T Phone cards & iTunes gift cards

***Anything else you can think of that might be fun.  Some of the most unexpected items are the most fun for these men and women who have such serious and dangerous jobs.  I have found they all have good sense of humors and love the unexpected.

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