To mail to soldiers use the Flat Rad Boxes Available at the Post Office, also obtain the customes declaration form and mailing label from them. Flat Rate boxes cost approximately $8 to send regardless of weight and will reach the end location in 5-10 days. Do not drop items off at your local armory as they are prohibited from using government tax dollars to send this out.
CARE PACKAGE ITEMS SOLDIERS HAVE REQUESTED
DON’T SEND: Chocolate candy bars because they melt. Liquids that will leak. Pork is offensive to the Muslim culture.
DO SEND: Any kind of good old-fashioned American junk food that will ship well. Cookies
Cup of Noodles (The “’just add hot water” kind)
Powder Drink Mixes (Kool-Aid, Hot Chocolate, Gatorade, Instant Coffee)
Sugar and Creamer Packets
Bean Dip and Chips
Canned Chicken or Tuna (With Can Opener)
DO: Place liquid items in plastic zipper bags in case they leak during shipping. Baby Wipes
Travel size headache relievers
Multi-Vitamins (Centrum, One-A-Day)
DON’T SEND: It is against military regulations for soldiers to possess pornographic materials, and punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It is also advised that possessing such material in Iraq is disrespectful to the sensitivities of the Muslim culture.
DO SEND: Anything that the soldiers can do on their down time that will take their mind off stress and discomfort. They need things that will help them smile and laugh, they need a little comic relief. DVD Movies
Games (Small travel size games are the best)
Travel size laundry detergent
Small flash lights
Batteries of different sizes
Phone Cards (AT&T and MCI work the best)
Stationary and Envelopes to write letters (No need to send postage, it is free for them) Any Oregon specific items give them a reminder of home.
School supplies or toys (To be given to local children)
TOBACCO: Sending these items is up to your personal preference. The military discourages the use of tobacco, but the reality is that soldiers are asking for it. Tobacco products can also be traded between soldiers for other supplies or it can be traded with the locals for information. Cigarettes (Marlboro, Camel)
Chewing Tobacco (Skoal, Copenhagen)
HELPFUL WEBSITES: www.anysoldier.com www.usps.com/supportingourtroops/