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Some times, sending fun-stuff helps too!

I've sent my son-in-law; silly string, pinata and candy, Go Fish card game, Twister, and bubbles!

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4/15/12 12:35 A

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Almost missed seeing this, wonder who else will miss this? I've heard our brave troops are kinda missing out on goodie boxes in Afghan.

Let's get those ideas rolling again...

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4/12/12 11:42 A

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I am sponsoring a soldier in Afghanistan. My son was in Iraq 2 years ago. I am asking for an updated list for what a soldier needs who is in infantry. thank you in advance.

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7/26/09 11:52 A

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I'm learning so very much from the team!!!

I hope to be ready & have great info when my son is deployed. Thanks for posting

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7/20/09 4:08 A

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When my son was deployed to Iraq we sent him ziplock bags to store things in to keep the sand out, gummy worms candy, the individual drink mixes that Koolaid and crystal lite make as they can add them to a bottle of water for drinkig. We also sent a nice package of toilet paper as we had heard that hte toilet paper there was rough and paper thin.

I don't know if you know about them but the post office has one rate boxes that at the time we were sending then only cost $7.90 to ship up to 70 pounds. The rate may have gone up in the last 3 years but they are good for some things. If you have larger things they won't work but it can sure save on shipping if the stuff can fit into them.

Another idea is to send stuff that can be given to the kids there is Iraq. I have heard of some of the guys handing out candy to the iraq children. Some people have also sent flipflops, paper and pencils and other things like that so the soldiers can hand them out to the kids.

Just a few suggestions from my experience.
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a couple more things I thought of are chapstick, lotion for their dry skin, sunscreen, and baby wipes to clean their hands and face.

Edited by: MAMMABEAR-THIRY at: 7/20/2009 (09:00)
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7/15/09 12:23 P

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Hey ANGELFIRE4U would you be able to either post or blog the instructions for the hacky sacks? I'd love to make some to send. Sounds like a fun idea.

Well girls, it's been quite the week or so of being on high alert. I just don't know how our soldiers do it. I'm wiped! But having said that I feel good that I was able to support my soldier through a pretty tough spot. As many may have already deciphered, his crew took an IED about a week ago. No injuries per se, but everyone was thrown around, bruised and battered (I can only imagine the head traumas). Things in GDubbs area have gotten quite active so they went right back out for another mission within 8 hrs of the 'incident'. I've been spending every hour or two around the clock checking on line for my son so he could vent and touch base with "home"... he said its what is getting him through these days. From my perspective I was doing my own check on how alert he actually was at any given time. He is doing better.

I am ecstatic to report we have an official date for his R&R... only a couple weeks away!!! That has perked us both up quite a bit. And there's more very honorable info to report about a duty he's to perform while home in WI... I'll report that out to you all in a later posting. I just wanted to check in as I've been really reserving my time online for long distance care of my boy.

Thank you ladies for your continued support of one another and always supporting our soldiers!

Love to you all for bearing this really tough job of mothering a soldier!
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7/14/09 11:35 A

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I crochet so I send hacky sacks, I send phone cards, I send neck coolers that I make, I send magazines, I send candies, and anything that they all can share. I love the theme ideas.


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6/10/09 11:10 A

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I need to get out and get a copy of that. It's so sad that so many people forget that we still have deployed troops. Sometimes we go out to busy street corners on Friday evenings and wave flags and "Honk if you support our Troop" signs. It's amazing the amount of support we'll get, and hopefully it will get a few more people thinking.

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6/10/09 1:51 A

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If you are sending a box soon, look for the June 15 issue of Newsweek to include in your box. Stephen Colbert guest edited this issue. He's in Iraq at Camp Victory this week for 4 shows.--He's trying to bring media attention to the fact that we still have troops in Iraq but nobody (except military families) seem to be aware of this. My son asked us to record them and to send the Newsweek over when we are done with it.

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6/9/09 9:12 P

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Those are really great ideas!!!!

We've got us some super Teamies!

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6/8/09 7:58 P

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I love the Ladies Only idea. Whenever we send to female troops, we always try to include scented lotions, nail polish, etc. The women really appreciate the chance to feel more feminine, even in the sandbox.
Another idea with Father's Day coming up. Send your troop a small tape recorder and a couple of children's books. Ask him or her to read and record them and send them back home to share with children.

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6/8/09 6:04 P

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Theme ideas:

Picnic (send along the disposable red checked cloths, plastic ants, frizbees, chips/canned dips, bakery, etc.)

Independence Day (all things red, white and blue... I just found Sweethearts makes r,w and b USO hearts)

Ladies Only (all sorts of pampering and toiletry things like lotions, face masks, pedi stuff, sachets, etc.)

Its fun if you can use packaging material that goes with the theme, too. I'll let you know when I get a wave of brilliance and more ideas. LOL

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6/8/09 11:42 A

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My son always wanted protein. You can buy tuna in foil packages now that ships really well. He also liked getting the meals that you can heat in the microwave or just add water to- they were frequently in places where they didn't get hot meals. DVDs are also good for down time-I go to a place called Buy Backs where I can get gently used DVDs cheap.

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That sounds great - the theme packages idea - because there are a suprising number of our Troops who NEVER, ever get a letter or a package from "home." (unbelievable as that seems, it's true)

Without straying too far away from the original question, however, just use common sense: IT'S HOT over there right now!!!! (and gonna get a lot hotter)
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This is NOT the time to be sending chocolates!!

The problem with most of the overseas Troops is that when you ask them "What can I send you"? they never seem to want to tell us . . . . they don't want to put us out, etc. but of course they LOVE getting packages from home.

Paperback books are good, magazines (not the girlie kind because the "host" country would object), perhaps your son or daughter enjoys SUDOKU or some other game like that - there are little magazines that have those kinds of games, playing cards, PICTURES!!

If your loved one is at a developed base, they they will have access to a pretty well stocked BX (commissary) where they can buy American goods at a low price. But these places don't always have everything, so you might ask them what can I send you that the Commissary Store doesn't have?

For those who are brave & enterprising ... emoticon ... I have a "CAKE IN GLASS" recipe that ships well and arrives well even during summer months. Let me know if you'd like to have it.
You can bake whatever their favorite cake flavor is in a certain size canning jar & ship it to them SEALED/CANNED along with an unopened container of their favorite frosting. Yummy!
emoticon emoticon Don't worry, with all the work they do overseas & the bad food they get served - - they won't have to "count their calories."
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Sure hope this helps a little bit more.
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I love theme packages. I think we were talking about this on another thread. Someone mentioned doing a beach theme with a small wading pool, beach balls, squirt guns, etc. I agree- its nice to include extras for those who don't get boxes from home.

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I don't know if your finances are real tight - - but remember, ALL THE GUYS (and Gals) SHARE just about everything that is sent to them !!!!

So once in a while it might be nice to send just a box full of one or two items for everyone to enjoy.
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6/6/09 1:21 P

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What do you send in your care packages to deployed loved ones or even those who are stateside? Have you done any theme boxes?

Right now I'm gathering things for a baseball-themed box. My son is a big MN Twins fan so I'm enclosing: a Twins pennant, bag of peanuts, bag of seeds, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew (shredded bubble gum that comes in pouches), a dozen bubble gum balls that look like mini baseballs and have words like "Home Run" and "Sacrifice Fly" printed on them, wiffle balls, and a DVD of a game I recorded. One of the kids used to have a little electronic baseball game. I'm going to see if I can find it and add that if it works.

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