Yuck. Hate. Them. With. A. Passion. The. End.
We loved sending care packages when my husband was deployed. It was our way of loving on him and encouraging him from home. Every time the kids and I would go out shopping we would keep an eye out for little fun things to send daddy. We would send him all his favorite snacks and of course personal hygiene items. Plus all the love letters we could write and pictures we could send. You can get a list of approved items to send deployed soldiers at Military.com.
It's fun to decorate the boxes and it gives the soldier an extra smile. There are lots of fun themes. You can do a simple Google search or Pinterest search for lots of ideas. Follow me on Pinterest. Here is my Care Package board.
We have sent ..
*You are my Sunshine box and filled it with lots of yellow colored items.
*Happy Father's Day box with letters and pictures of the kids.
*Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles box because the kids and him would watch the cartoon every Saturday morning before he left and still do now that he is home.
*Happy Birthday box. I sent cake in a jar as his birthday cake.
*Why I love you box. I used different colored post it notes and wrote a ton of reasons why I love him on those post it's and placed them all over the inside of the box.
*Heart Attacked box. Hearts everywhere!!!! Everywhere! Attacked by hearts.
*Happy Anniversary box. I taped pictures of us to the flaps of the box and added a special love letter to make him blush. ;)
Have fun with it when you send care packages. Decorate them! Ask your soldier what are some items they would like to receive. Nothing is more comforting than goodies from home. Remember to check the website above for prohibited items. Remember if sending to a hot climate country chocolate will melt. For Liquid and gel items, I would suggest placing them in baggies in case of leakage. When shipping perfumed items like soap with food items, in the same box, wrap them separately so the food doesn't end up having a perfume taste. Send some encouraging prayers and bible verses. Tip: double sided tape is your friend.
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