Soldier care package ideas?

This is a discussion on Soldier care package ideas? within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Hey guys. My church is talking about making care packages for our soldiers. I know that there are a lot of people that have recently ...

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 44

Thread: Soldier care package ideas?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array allenruger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    695

    Soldier care package ideas?

    Hey guys. My church is talking about making care packages for our soldiers. I know that there are a lot of people that have recently been in the military, and the middle east, that are members on here and would like to know what kind of things are really needed there. What would you like to receive as a gift if you were them? What is really appreciated? I've never been in the military so I'm depending on you all to help me here. Thanks for the ideas!
    Allen

    -"I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, 'cause it's going to be empty." -Clint Smith

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    JD
    JD is offline
    Administrator
    Array JD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    18,884
    My big 3 needs while I was there were:

    Smokes
    Socks
    Razor Blades

    Given that this is a Church function, smokes are out of the question.

    Also while I was there baby wipes were a nice thing to have if you were to be out in the field for a LONG time. I was there before we had bases and showers.

    Quality TP is a God send, not the itchy, rough, card board type TP that you'll find any where else in the Military.

    Granola bars, "sports" bars, and beef jerky are wonderful items, you want to send stuff that's portable, and will last forever...add trail mix to the list.

    No contents under pressure, shaving cream, soda etc. if being shipped in a non pressurized plane, they may explode, trust me on this one.

    Bottles of Gatorade should be ok.

  4. #3
    VIP Member Array Kerbouchard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    2,894
    Agree with everything above, except gatorade bottles, the crystal light individual powdered stuff you add to water is great, as well as anything else that you can add to water. Overseas we drink a lot of water. Socks and white t-shirts, or brown, depending on the service you are sending to. Uniform regs for navy at least, is black socks, so what kind of socks might vary per command. Books and phone cards are great. Candy that doesn't melt. Plus 1 on the power bars and gronola bars and stuff like that. Razors are always in demand. Or razor blade replacements, mach 3 was pretty common for us. Just go to walmart and think of all the things we in the states take foregranted and anything along those lines will probably make a pretty good care package. Just getting a package from home is probably more important than what's in it. Reminds our soldiers that people still think of them and care. It also helps to break up the monotony of day to day to day to day. Remember, while we people in the states have different things happening all the time, overseas, every day is pretty much like the one before. With that said, staggering the care packages that you do send, might be a good idea.
    There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.

    http://miscmusings.townhall.com/

    Who is John Galt?

  5. #4
    Member Array Old goat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    17
    My wife has been doing this for about a year and half now, at the company we both work for. She started it because lots of our fellow employees had family in Iraq and Afgan. She has had lots of requests for socks, warmers(depending on season) hard candies, magazines (old or new), personal items as already mentioned. Snacks packaged not to crush, jerky. She sends them every month.

  6. #5
    Senior Member Array allenruger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    695
    Oh man, great ideas! Thanks. Sounds like razors are really appreciated. That one would have slipped by me. Like you said, everyday items get overlooked.
    Allen

    -"I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, 'cause it's going to be empty." -Clint Smith

  7. #6
    Senior Member Array Duisburg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Duisburg, Germany
    Posts
    754
    i know magazines (like Sports Illustrated) are loved very much, those drink mixers like gatoraide to make the water taste better and I personally wish that I could send them some handloaded 556 that'd tear Hadji up.
    I am sworn to protect the Constitution of the U.S.A. from all threats both foreign and domestic.

  8. #7
    EW3
    EW3 is offline
    Senior Member Array EW3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,078
    As far as candy: no chocolate or anything that could melt. Hard candies and gum is fine.
    "Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery" George Washington, Valley Forge, 1777.

  9. #8
    Senior Member Array mech1369dlw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    610
    My son has been to Iraq 2 times, my son in law is now over there on his first tour, and I have "adopted" 2 young soldiers that I support. Most places over there do have some sort of PX system set up, but what the young guys have told me, and I know because I was there during Desert Storm, even if they have the same stuff in the PX, a box from the states means a lot more. I send them:

    Gum, Gummi Bears, Jerky, Small packs of cookies, snack size packets of chips, AA and AAA batteries, anything in packets that will bring flavor to water, $3.00 movies from the giant Wal Mart Box, Ramen noodles, Cup of soup, Crackers that come in six packs, hard candy, ANY magazine that is not porno, Pictures of my family, playing cards, small board games, Small cans of meats, Calling cards, Fishing lures they can use when they get home, birthday cards, socks, t-shirts with funny sayings, Ink pens, Writing paper, Envelopes, music cd's, coffee packets, Ritz crackers, Peanut butter, Jelly, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Mixed nuts, aspirin, penlight flashlights, cookies, Granola bars, bibles, etc etc.

    The 2 I "adopted", I sent them a letter, asking what they would like. My sons, I already knew. My SIL is living in some type of little box, him and his roomie needed a couple small carpets, which I sent to them. Believe me, even a jar of dirt means something from home to our brave warriors over there. Just take a walk thru a large place like walmart, look at everything. If you think that you can send it to them without getting destroyed thru the mail system, they would love to have it. Doesn't matter how big or small the item is, it tells them how much we love and support them.
    A person is justified in the use of deadly force, if such person reasonably believes deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to such person or a third person.

  10. #9
    Senior Member Array allenruger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    695
    Quote Originally Posted by mech1369dlw View Post
    My son has been to Iraq 2 times, my son in law is now over there on his first tour, and I have "adopted" 2 young soldiers that I support. Most places over there do have some sort of PX system set up, but what the young guys have told me, and I know because I was there during Desert Storm, even if they have the same stuff in the PX, a box from the states means a lot more. I send them:

    Gum, Gummi Bears, Jerky, Small packs of cookies, snack size packets of chips, AA and AAA batteries, anything in packets that will bring flavor to water, $3.00 movies from the giant Wal Mart Box, Ramen noodles, Cup of soup, Crackers that come in six packs, hard candy, ANY magazine that is not porno, Pictures of my family, playing cards, small board games, Small cans of meats, Calling cards, Fishing lures they can use when they get home, birthday cards, socks, t-shirts with funny sayings, Ink pens, Writing paper, Envelopes, music cd's, coffee packets, Ritz crackers, Peanut butter, Jelly, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Mixed nuts, aspirin, penlight flashlights, cookies, Granola bars, bibles, etc etc.

    The 2 I "adopted", I sent them a letter, asking what they would like. My sons, I already knew. My SIL is living in some type of little box, him and his roomie needed a couple small carpets, which I sent to them. Believe me, even a jar of dirt means something from home to our brave warriors over there. Just take a walk thru a large place like walmart, look at everything. If you think that you can send it to them without getting destroyed thru the mail system, they would love to have it. Doesn't matter how big or small the item is, it tells them how much we love and support them.
    All of this is great information! Going to print all of these responses out and make copies so my congregation will have something to work with. Knew this would be the place to come to for ideas.
    Allen

    -"I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, 'cause it's going to be empty." -Clint Smith

  11. #10
    VIP Member Array goldshellback's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; by way of St. Mayberry, GA
    Posts
    4,749
    One oddball addition to a care package would be flower seeds.
    The 'higher up's' in the new iraq army love thier flowers....the higher ranking the offical.....the more flowers they have. That'll give our soldiers something to barter with when they have to 'work with' one of those iraqi generals. The generals have thier own 'offical gardener'.......really.

    Otherwise my guys over there ask for candy, baby wipes, microwave popcorn, etc.
    "Just getting a concealed carry permit means you haven't commited a crime yet. CCP holders commit crimes." Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, quoted on Fox & Friends, 8 Jul, 2008

    (Sometimes) "a fight avioded is a fight won." ... claude clay

  12. #11
    Senior Member Array ronwill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    816
    Jerky, Sausages (Pastrami, Summer, etc.), drink mixes, and letters all were received well when I was in the desert. The main thing is that they know you're thinking about them.

  13. #12
    Senior Member Array CEW58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    797
    Any kind of snacks that won't crush, spoil or melt are always a big hit. Baby wipes are like gold!
    The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein

    Sig P229 DAK - .40 S&W
    Ruger SP101 - .357 Mag

  14. #13
    VIP Member Array ExactlyMyPoint's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,915
    There is a lady out there who has a whole organization that sends air conditioners. She is very popular with the troops.

    Stars and Stripes: Cool idea: Delaware mom sendingair conditioners to troops in Iraq

    Just a thought.
    Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse or Rapture....whichever comes first.

  15. #14
    EW3
    EW3 is offline
    Senior Member Array EW3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,078
    LOL, this guy's wife sent him grass seed for his own little "lawn"
    Believe me, that looks real good in that sea of sand over there!

    "Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery" George Washington, Valley Forge, 1777.

  16. #15
    VIP Member Array AZ Husker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Phoenix
    Posts
    4,245
    It brings me to tears just to read this thread. I'm so happy that folks are supporting our guys/gals overseas. Nothing like this was done when I was in the jungle. It would've meant so much to us!

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Care package FROM Afghanistan
    By ExactlyMyPoint in forum Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: December 17th, 2009, 03:17 PM
  2. Said thank you to a soldier
    By ExactlyMyPoint in forum Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: April 25th, 2009, 08:03 AM
  3. Iraq Care Package
    By SixBravo in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: February 9th, 2007, 05:44 PM
  4. Care Package headed to Iraq
    By Dakotaranger in forum Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: November 9th, 2006, 06:12 PM
  5. To Any Soldier
    By FortyFive in forum Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: May 30th, 2005, 03:04 AM

Search tags for this page

care package for soldiers ideas

,
care package items for valley forge
,
care packages in krygistan
,
kentucky day care package ideas
,
kyrgyzstan care package
,
powered by mybb birthday cards
,
powered by mybb gardening gift ideas
,
powered by mybb phone card
,
powered by mybb pilot pen tennis tournament
,
powered by mybb sports illustrated 2007
,
powered by mybb zellers store
,

soldier care package ideas

,

soldiers care package ideas

,
soldiers letter home from valley forge and care pakages
,

valley forge care packages

Click on a term to search for related topics.