I'm guilty!!! I go days maybe weeks and forget that I live in a country that is at War. My paper will post fallen soldiers from time to time and that is my reminder.
Last year, I quit my job as a Flight Attendant to stay home with my new baby. I started blogging and signing up for free stuff as a hobby. I sign up for FREE SAMPLES to try out new products and to donate to other causes.
I don't have the means to write out a BIG check to a chairity and as a busy mom I don't have the time to donate hours. So my way of giving back is for just a few mintues out of my day I sign up for free samples and start a care package.
My hubby was getting a little annoyed with all the baskets of free samples cluttering up the cabinets and countertops.
My 'Free Clutter'
So I decided to de-clutter by doing a little 'Spring' cleaning and at the same time THANK a Soldier.
When I was flying I would collect all the soaps and shampoo from hotels. We had a box in our crew room to toss these items in, that would then be donated to shelters.
Well, why couldn't I send this stuff off to a Soldier serving overseas????
I don't know anyone serving so I posted a facebook status asking for an address to a Soldier serving overseas.
I thought, 'I'll send ONE box because I bet shipping is gonna be over $100 to send something overseas!' WRONG!!
The PRIORITY boxes, tape and labels are FREE! When you use the Large Flat Rate Box and ship to any APO/FPO/DPO then it's $2 less than the domestic rate. That makes it only $12.50 to send a package to a Soldier. Pick up a few the next time you're at the post office....they're FREE!
If it fits, it ships! I got a lot of stuff in this box:)
I have a junk drawer full of unused forgotten items, a pantry of cans goods I will never eat, a few gift items given to me that I will never use, hotel soaps and shampoo and lots of free samples from my favorite site http://www.itsallfreeonline.com/.
FREE SAMPLES I signed up for
And I went to my local dollar store to add to the box. I filled a box for a Soldier at around $20 including the shipping cost. I am sending FOUR boxes out today!!!!
Items from the dollar store: gum, beef jerk, pop rocks, cards, chap stick. peanut brittle and chocolate covered almonds
You could skip the dollar store sign up with SWAGBUCKS earn a paypal gift card to cover the cost of shipping and send a care package for absolutely FREE!!
See sidebar about how swagbucks works....and 'SEARCH and EARN for a SOLDIER'!!!!
Wanta send a box yourself?
Here is a list of items needed and wanted and I quote a Soldier :
"We have been striped of every little thing that matters so anything you send is valuable. Thank you so very much!!!!"
- Canned goods
- Video Games
- Lip Balm
- Wet Naps
- Sun Glasses
- Playing Cards
- For a list of even more items click HERE
Please refer to this website for more info on Military Care Package Restrictions: http://www.operationmilitarypride.org/packages.html
You may no longer address a package to 'ANY SOLDIER' ! Mail must be addressed to an individual or job title such as "Commander", "Commanding Officer", etc.
For care packages, you will need to fill out a declaration form from the Post Office. On that form, you have the option to request the package be 'Treated as Abandoned' (box 10) if it cannot be delivered directly to the soldier. We suggest you request this option to avoid having your package returned if undelivered.
You will also have to itemize each item, so it's best to pick up this form first and fill out as you pack your box if you have several different items. Some like to send just one item like girl scout cookies or batteries or a few similar items to make this step a little easier.
See ya at the post office:)