SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

We have had years where our loved ones are away for the holidays.  I’ve written about surviving the holidays without your spouse, see it here.

This post is dedicated to finding unique ways to show our support to troops who are over seas.

Check out some free printable package planners at: Homekeeters

Also see a great piece on care package themes and rules At The Patriotic Pam

IMPORTANT DATES FROM THE US POST OFFICE REGARDING SHIPPING IS LOCATED… HERE

 

A round up of ideas:

 

1. Candy “poppers”

Use toilet paper rolls to make old fashioned candy wrappers with wrapping paper.  Stuff the rolls with candy!

These are great for sending to large groups.

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2. Care Package Ideas

Decorate the outside of the box and include a variety of items.  From cookies to baby wipes- fill it with everything they’re missing from home!
Here is Jo, My Gosh’s take on an Advent Care Box.  Click on the picture to go to the link.

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3. Cupcakes in a Jar

There are several sites showing how to cook cakes or cupcakes in a jar.  I haven’t tried it myself yet but it looks like a fabulous idea!
Here’s Sweet Lavender Bakeshop’s take on Cupcakes in a Jar.  Click on the picture to see her post.

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4. Charlie Brown Christmas

One year, we sent my husband a Charlie Brown tree.  We sent homemade ornaments and popcorn strand to decorate with.
You can send your own version, a small tree and bring some big cheer!

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5.  Stuffed Stockings

Fill those stockings with candy and cheer!  Add a variety of items to fill to the brim.

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6. Christmas Movie Package

Send your favorite Christmas movies for some holiday cheer!  Can include popcorn and a blanket to go with.

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7. Prayers & Love

More than anything, our prayers and love can help the troops.  Handmade cards, skype dates, phone calls and I Love You’s will warm their hearts this season.

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8. Wreaths for Veterans

Honoring all veterans who have passed.  Sponsor a wreath to show support.

http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

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9.  Help a spouse.  

Do you know someone who’s deployed?  Bring by an unannounced dinner.  Rake their leaves, shovel the snow.
A little bit of help goes a long way!  Chances are, they won’t let you know they need the help and it will be appreciated.

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10.  ANY SOLDIER

Not connected to the military and would like to send something to the troops?  Visit http://www.anysoldier.com

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