I came across this information on a Facebook friend’s page. Her husband is in the military and she posted the instructions for sending care packages to his troop. What a great opportunity to send some love and appreciation for those serving our country!
Here are the instructions:
Military Care Package Mailing Kit
Since Priority Mail service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS has created a “Mili-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by the military.
The kit contains:
- Two (2) each of MIL-FRB – the Priority Mail APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box (12″ x 12″ x 5-1/2″)
- Two (2) each of FRB1 – the top loading Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes (11″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)
- Two (2) each of FRB2 – the side loading Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes (13-5/8″ x 11-7/8″ x 3-3/8″)
- One (1) roll of 106A-MIL – Tape (Small roll that accommodates taping all boxes included in kit)
- Six (6) each of Label # 228 – Priority Mail Address Labels –
- Six (6) each of Customs FORM 2976-A
- Six (6) each of Customs FORM 2976-E (Envelopes)
The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply) and:
- Choose your language (“1” is English, “2” is Spanish).
- Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail service, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed).
- When you reach a live agent, request “CAREKIT04.”
- Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed.
Some things you may choose to include in the care package:
- Snacks (non-perishable items)
- Cigarettes (while I personally may not choose to send these, if you do, here are my friend’s instructions: “IF YOU MAIL CIGARETTES, TUCK THEM AWAY AND DON’T LIST THEM ON THE CUSTOMS FORM OR THEY’LL BE TAKEN OUT!!!”)
- iTunes cards
- Protein powder/bars
- Powder drink mixes (think Crystal Light, Gatorade, Kool Aid)
- Beef Jerky
- Sunflower Seeds
- A “Thank You” card/note
Thank a solider.
Can you imagine being away for months and receiving a package from a kind stranger?
“Give to others and God will give to you” -Luke 6:38
It was brought to my attention that I didn’t give information about finding soldiers to send to if you don’t personally know anyone in the military. Duh! Well, I found a website who helps provide you with addresses of soldiers to send a one-time care package>>> http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php/site/frontlines/
Sign up and get an address! Hope this helps!