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Meangreen01_max50

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Posted over 6 years ago

 

My Explorer's want to send care packages to the LEO's who are actively serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any suggestions on what to send would be great. Thanks.


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Here are some of things I heard of being sent ,ground coffee and a bottle or two of Vanilla flavor syrup, candy ,baked goods. books, movie DVDs, socks, shavers ie......,shampoo, games. letters. prepaid phone cards.Thats all I can think of. Have fun with it.

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You can go to websites as anysoldier.com for ideas. One website I went to said they had good access to microwaves and bottled water. They asked to send ramen noodles and those individual crystal light (they sell gatorade, tea...) that you add to bottled water. Baby wipes(I don't know if they meant wet wipes) were also suggested. One of my own thoughts was sunblock.


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Anysoldier.com is a great source, my church has done this and had some interesting letters back from soldiers. They have a long list of needed items, lists of taboo items, they also have loads of good info about HOW to do this-- what forms you need from the PO, etc. Check it beforehand!!!!

One item that is very welcome and doesn't cost much to send: telephone cards. Get AT&T International cards.

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i have used anysoldier for over 2 years, to send care packages. Never had any returned, I do not expect any letters back, they are busy saving our lives, as long as they do nt get returned, someone in need will benefit from them

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Thanks all for your responses.


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Silly string, as silly as it sounds, is a good thing to send in care packages. Soldiers are using the string to detect trip wires when preparing to enter a building, which in turn can save lives. Also, gatorade or similar drink mix is always a good thing due to the heat. Consider what soldiers would want to do in what little free time they have over there also. Books and magazines are cheap and good for morale. And as said earlier, baby wipes are good in mass quantity as the soldiers use them to keep clean when they can't get to a shower for a week or more on missions. I heard about a new ear plug that has been developed that will allow sound in up to a certain decible level, and can be turned around to block all sound as well. I don't know if they work, but they would certainly be good to have to save our soldiers hearing. I think it is made by E.A.R. Plug or something like that.

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Also, herbs and spices, sauces, etc might be a good thing. I don't know how the new MRE's are, but I know the older ones we have aren't very good. There are only a handful that taste okay, so something to kick up the flavor might be appreciated.

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i can say from my time in iraq that it is not always what is in the package as much as the fact that a strager sent one. just knowing that someone who you have never met is taking the time out of there day and the money out of thier pocket just to show they care means a lot. other than that some things that are nice are hard candy, gum, and other small things like that.

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Keep your water, there's plenty here. Jerky is a favorite, but don't send homemade because we can't eat it, don't know where it's been, etc. Current magazines and paperbacks are a plus, girl scout cookies are HUGE. Chocolate is good too and doesn't seem to melt like the stuff in the Post Exchange. They don't let the packages sit in the sun. Coffee gets grins, hand sanitizers are good too. We hand the stuff out to everybody, and the folks here appreciate it, belive me.

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AR-15 Ammo. From my prior experience, shitmagnet said it all. However, since catdaddy is apparently there, he would know best. As for his magazine and paperback suggestion, i bet he's not talking about golf digest magazines ( hint hint).

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Oh-NO! That's the kind of stuff that gets us in trouble!!! Against all the rules.

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Lets see, CANDY, alcohol (secretively, has to get through customs without notice), magazines, baby wipes, candy, girl scout cookies, weight gainer (a little too expensive and bulky though) hand sanitizers, candy, PHONE CARDS (are a must... that's usually one of the only ways to call home. State to state, not international), razor blades, deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste, playing cards, individual packet kool-aid, crytal light, any flavoring for drinks. We have ungodly amounts of water. At least where I am, plenty of gatorade, SNACK FOODS.

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Flipper, I thought you needed the international cards. You can use state to state cards??