THE BEST TIPS FOR PACKING CARE PACKAGES TO SEND TO TROOPS OVERSEAS and GREAT IDEAS for 2017 !
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📬 Send new subscription to yourself if you are packing care packages or to us as a gift for the troops :
Homefront Hugs for Troops
1881 W.Liberty St
Ann Arbor,MI 48103
🔹Clif protein bars or any kind
🔹handwritten letters/cards with more than just a signature – share a little and ask questions / leave an email – make them feel like they are not just a number or good deed on your checklist . Make these cards or 📝 notes feel like real Homefront Hugs !
🔹Gently used or new books
🔹Homemade brownies or order the best from www.Zingermans.com
🔹cookies ESP homemade/Oreos
🔹blank funny cards to send home to kids and friends
🔹romantic serious and funny
blank cards for spouses/partners
🔹blank birthday cards
🔹stickers to send home to kids or share with children troops meet in the combat zone .
🔹soccer and footballs & pumps
🔹travel games like chess
🔹baby wipes & soft toilet tissue
🔹flannel sheets and pillow cases
🔹decorated pillowcases with
permanent markers -positive messages
🔹hot cocoa and marshmallows
🔹assorted teas , lemon, honey
🔹adult coloring books for stress relief with colored pencils
🔹journal and colored pens
🔹iTunes cards in small denominations
🔹cans of popcorn (Popcorn Palace is the best )
🔹boars head brushes for hair
🔹Gillette pro-glide razors
🔹calendars small and large for 2017
🔹blank birthday cards funny for all
🔹holiday DVDs, humorous DVDs
🔹DVDs of all kinds for troop morale
🔹Nivea Body Lotion for Men or Women
🔹Condiments in large sizes
🔹Silly String /Board Games
🔹Chapstick for both sexes
🔹Aleve and Aspirin
🔹Vitamins D3,B12,Multi-Vitamins (best : Andrew Lessman at HSN.com)
🔹Mag Flashlights (Made in USA)
🔹Battery Operated light strings
🔹Coffee of all kinds ground
🔹Hot Sauce of all kinds
🔹Cans of Soup
🔹Dinty Moore Beef Stew
🔹Granola / healthy snacks
🔹tuna packs and crackers
🔹Dinty Moore Beef Stew
🔹Dried fruit / Raisins
🔹soft travel neck pillows
🔹hand lotion of all kinds
🔹any Burts Bees products
🔹dartboard and darts
🔹Sudoku activity books
🔹nail files and scissors
🔹plastic ziplock bags all sizes
🔹Deodorant for men & women
🔹black or brown warm scarves
🔹black or brown thin warm head cover for sand & snow storms
covering all but eyes and nose
🔹black or brown warm winter socks
🔹warm cozy throw
🔹blank envelopes and paper
🔹Remember that our troops come from all religions and none so always ask but then feel free to send them spiritual items if they tell you what they believe . In the middle of war- spirituality and prayers can often bring much comfort .
🔹Anything with humor -pranks,whoopie cushions,water balloons – it’s essential and troops will appreciate any efforts to keep them smiling .
For children troops meet :
🔸crayons and colored paper
(not coloring books due to
🔸jump ropes, soccer balls &pumps
🔸play necklaces & bracelets for girls
🔸beanie babies of animals only due to culture
🔸blow up beach balls
🔸children’s scarves and mittens
🔸baseball caps for little boys
🔸play trucks of all sizes
🔸wind up fans and flashlights
for kids not requiring batteries
Address to send any of these items to if you do not have your own adopted hero :
Do you want to adopt a hero or just need the best ways to ship?
🔶Remember 2 main things – use FLAT RATE PRIORITY boxes ( free at post office ) and remember they come in 3 sizes and there is even one very long LARGE flat rate box that works for bulk items !
🔶It’s the best and only deal to send your care packages …if you have a loved one or friend serving, sign them up or adopt a hero with us .
🔶” What’s the 2nd thing ?”
Anyone can help and add to your package but never share address ! (OPSEC)
🔶 Common questions about actual mailing of boxes :
” Where do I get my boxes? “
The boxes are FREE and sent to you if you use Flat Rate Priority Mail envelopes or boxes or pick them up at the post office or go to www.USPS.com . You can use any box but the best are flat rate priority or envelopes flat rate priority as they get to our troops fastest and fastest.
” I can’t leave work or home easily– what do I do to mail boxes? “
You can print postage, forms , everything from your computer and the postman or woman will come pick your packages up wherever you are IF they are flat rate priority.
What about tape for my boxes?
Clear packing tape or the priority mail tape should be used . HINT: You can ask ( very nicely) if your postal lady will let you have one of her priority tape rolls and sneak it into your bag … ( then you don’t even have to buy clear packing tape )
Which box is easiest of the flatrate boxes?
If you use the MEDIUM size flat rate boxes you don’t even NEED tape and they cost about $14 to ship up to 70 lbs ( magazines are heavy). Large flat rate cost $16.75 to ship. Here are some great tips on the short declaration forms you have to fill out because they should not stress you out .
🔶Email your questions anytime to : Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org
Ease of Adopting Your Own Hero at Homefront Hugs USA
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