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Care Packages

Care Packages for Our Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen can brighten an otherwise dark day.

Use this area to share ideas and addresses for Care Packages!

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Latest Activity: on Thursday

Let's Have a Clearing House for Care Package Ideas and Addresses


Many of us send care packages to our sons and daughters scattered around the globe. Often we would like to do more....

I thought we might use this space to develop ideas of things to ship to our troops protecting our freedom. Also we might look at setting up a list of addresses that we could use to ship to. It is Girl Scout cookie season and I know one of our members sends cookies to troops all over. I've sent phone cards to combat areas through the USO so our soldiers could call home for the holidays. I'm sure there are hundreds of ideas out there....lets support our troops by sending them the things from home they miss and to let them them know that America supports them.



I've had some requests for the care package label template:


Updated (7 Sept 2013)!! here is the Microsoft Publisher template- Avery 5163 label: 


NavyDads Mailing Labels


and the PDF for it: NavyDadsLabelversion2nosignature1-5.pdf


Use this .zip file for PDF version


APO/FPO/DPO Guidelines& Restrictions guide for USPS

Watch a video to learn how to print a shipping label with a customs form

Complete customs forms online

Discussion Forum

care packages

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NAVSUP Announces 2013 Holiday Season Mailing Deadlines...

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Comment by Paige on Thursday

Paul... I understand completely and am guilty of doing the same.  FYI to our group members interested in supporting our Fleet sailors... The Carl Vinson and her Carrier Support Group just left last Friday for a long deployment.  I have a Navy mom friend with a sailor on board the Vinson that I will be sending out occasional care packages to.  I also will be sending packages to one of my son's buddies and his platoon who will be deploying overseas soon.

Appreciate all that you've done Paul to support our troops!! 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Thursday

Thanks Paige...I have let other things get in the way of sending packages...with Eric on shore duty, it seems I've lost contacts on the carriers but need to start sending things again!!!!

Comment by Paige on Thursday

Thank you for sending out the group message Paul.  It's a reminder that I should be more active in the group and share in my experience with regards to sending out care packages.

Jerky is still among the top of the list of favorite items to receive.  Along with that idea... just about any snack food item is a welcomed gift as the ship's store quickly sells out of these popular items during deployment. Homemade goodies are also among the favorites, but only send items that will keep preserved for the shipping process.  It can take anywhere from a week to several weeks for packages to arrive to their destination.  Phone calling cards are another appreciated gift and will help insure you receive contact from your sailor. They are relatively inexpensive, so consider purchasing several calling cards and request that your sailor share them with his fellow shipmates.

I can't stress the point enough about how important it is to our sailors and soldiers to receive care packages from home especially during times of deployment. It is a moral booster like no other. And, in a way, we are making a contribution to the success of their mission.    

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 6, 2014 at 6:19am

I've updated the links with the latest info and tools for completing customs forms online. Get your care packages packed and shipped!!!!

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 21, 2013 at 7:19pm
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 19, 2013 at 10:48am
Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays.

Officials Announce Deadlines for Holiday Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2013 – Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays.

Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at that shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/DPO numbers of various destinations.

USPS is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85. The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide, officials said.

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available free at local post offices, or can be ordered from USPS online. Postage, labels and customs forms also are available online.

Comment by fishdad on March 27, 2013 at 9:13pm

We bought and shipped 6 cases of cookies this year. We've had some really positive feedback from the Troops! 

Comment by Chris Tomlinson on March 14, 2013 at 9:16pm
That is everyone comes out a winner.
Comment by Chris Tomlinson on March 14, 2013 at 9:14pm
I came out of church a few weeks ago and asked a Girl Scout how many cookie boxes of different varieties fit in a single big box. She thought I was kidding, but filled the box. When I asked how much she was delighted, I said that the the people delighted will be some sailors on the USS Tortuga.. This week she asked if I was ready to buy more, and was surprised when I brought her 2 buyers who had liked my idea and were doing the same. Very one comes out a winner.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 1, 2013 at 12:12pm

Hey's Girl Scout cookie a bunch and include in your care packages.....


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