There is a little over a month left to get care packages and cards sent out to deployed troops by the December 10 deadline to ensure they receive them in time for the holidays. Veterans Day is just one week away and it's the perfect evening to host a care package and card making party!
Get your packaging party started with an invite from Sendomatic.
So that you don't have to buy all the items that will be packaged and sent to the troops, encourage your guests to come up with ideas for their own care packages. (In addition to the evite, you might want to send out a list of links, ideas, and tips for your guests.) Packages can be a hodgepodge of items or they can center around a single theme such as the holidays or Movie Night.
- Loving a Soldier: Christmas Care Package Ideas
- The Fun Times Guide: Great Ideas for US Soldiers Care Packages
- The Annoyed Army Wife: A Plethora of Very Creative Care Package Idea Posts
- SpouseBuzz: Care Package Ideas
- LovetheTroops.com: Care Package Ideas for Our Soldiers
If you don't know a servicemember serving overseas there are plenty of organizations that supply addresses for servicemembers and/or units, platoons, etc. A great site to start out on is Any Soldier. For a small donation on this site you can get the address to the unit of your choice. This site also provides you with information about the troops and items they are requesting for care packages.
*If you've never sent care packages overseas PLEASE read about the restrictions and shipping requirements before getting started. Visit your nearest post office for information on maximum box size and required paperwork that must be attached to the box. Also, keep in mind that items such as chocolate and candles can melt and aerosol items can explode during shipping and it is best to not send these items.*
If care packages aren't in your holiday budget or you want to give to more troops than what care packages allow, send holiday cards.
1. Military Christmas Cards - CH46 by Pedaling Designs 2. Military Christmas Cards - C130 by Pedaling Designs 3. Patriotic Military Snowmen Cards by fluffycatgal 4. Support the Troops Greeting Card Set by Snowcatcher
For the fourth year the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are teaming up for Holiday Mail for Heroes to send holiday cards to servicemembers, their families, and veterans all over the world. Simply fill out a card and address it to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD
Cards must be postmarked by December 10, to be delivered.
Keep your guests in the patriotic and holiday mood with these festive decorations and goodies: