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All great ideas, especially the baby wipes. FYI chocolate items generally suffer badly in the heat. Ziplock bags are valued as is anything that can be easily taken on patrol. Eg nuts in small packets, cured etc meats,
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Thanks for the suggestions. I would only be guessing on what to pack for them. Only someone who has been there done that would know what you really want and need. I started a collection up at work today...will run it for a week, match the funds and then go shop and ship next week. One of the guys I work with is retired navy and he was telling me how much he looked forward to those packages. He said he remembered an announcement being made that thousands of pounds of stuff was going to be delivered to the ship and it turned out to be mainly equipment...and what a let down it was. It will be good to make someone's day.
No offense to Navy because I love my brethren, but our deployments are usually different. Talk to combat arms guys to figure out what is actual care package material. I hope that statement is not received the wrong way.

Also, be wary of shipping companies. They will try to screw you in cost for care packages. Stick to flat rate boxes.

Most importantly, remember that these care packages aren't going to your kids at camp. These packages are going to your men and women on the front lines! If they are deployed and they are in a support MOS on a large base, then they probably have access to the the luxuries of home. The remote bases are a whole different ball game!

I will digress now, got caught up there for a second.
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Just don't forget that some of us Sailors spend more time on land than at sea....
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All great suggestions! I am expanding my list now.
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The reason I mentioned this Navy gentleman was because he and I were discussing today and his story touched me. In my office I’d say 40% employed are ex-military or reserve. There are all branches accounted for… a dear friend of mine was Army first and then Navy. I will ask around tomorrow and see if there are any more ideas, but I think I pretty well get it. MREs?...my son made me share one with him for dinner once. There should be a thread on most creative ways to make those things taste good. It was dry, bland, soggy and gritty all at the same time. How does that happen?!
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I can get my cooking and baking class to make a bunch of cookies, if that will work.
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I can get my cooking and baking class to make a bunch of cookies, if that will work.
Works very well if you can vacuum seal them. Amidst transition ashore for a winter 'surge' into Afghanistan my mail got jacked to hell and the xmas cookies my (now) wife sent me didn't actually get to me till late Feb; but they still tasted fantastic b/c they were sealed up.

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The reason I mentioned this Navy gentleman was because he and I were discussing today and his story touched me. In my office Id say 40% employed are ex-military or reserve. There are all branches accounted for a dear friend of mine was Army first and then Navy. I will ask around tomorrow and see if there are any more ideas, but I think I pretty well get it. MREs?...my son made me share one with him for dinner once. There should be a thread on most creative ways to make those things taste good. It was dry, bland, soggy and gritty all at the same time. How does that happen?!
How long ago was this, b/c the new ones are light years better than the old five fingers of death and such...

There is a reason I haven't eaten an entire entree out of one of those in the past 10 years. Thankfully there are enough calories in the snacks to get by as long as you supplement.
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Works very well if you can vacuum seal them. Amidst transition ashore for a winter 'surge' into Afghanistan my mail got jacked to hell and the xmas cookies my (now) wife sent me didn't actually get to me till late Feb; but they still tasted fantastic b/c they were sealed up.

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How long ago was this, b/c the new ones are light years better than the old five fingers of death and such...

There is a reason I haven't eaten an entire entree out of one of those in the past 10 years. Thankfully there are enough calories in the snacks to get by as long as you supplement.
I highly doubt they are eating MRE's, I'm sure they are eating tray rats which aren't that bad.

Is anyone putting together a package I can paypal a some money to?

Also guys, I don't know if this helps, but I always hated when people sent dollar store razors and shaving cream.
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How long ago was this, b/c the new ones are light years better than the old five fingers of death and such...

There is a reason I haven't eaten an entire entree out of one of those in the past 10 years. Thankfully there are enough calories in the snacks to get by as long as you supplement.[/QUOTE]

I guess it's been about two years since we split one. He was so excited about it and was saying how great it was... I pretended that I thought it was yummy too. He is something else. The snack was the best part.. a large cracker with peanut butter. The entree was some kind of stew..ugh

------ Follow up post added May 1st, 2014 09:06 PM ------

Had a stand up talk with my co-workers today and announced the drive just in case anyone missed it yesterday...and I put a collection jar on the break room table with a sign on it saying.."Soldiers care package donations. Please give xoxo " ..when I left this afternoon it was almost full! They rock.
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I highly doubt they are eating MRE's, I'm sure they are eating tray rats which aren't that bad.

Is anyone putting together a package I can paypal a some money to?

Also guys, I don't know if this helps, but I always hated when people sent dollar store razors and shaving cream.

Max,

My family and I putting together a few boxes. I'd be more than happy to put something together for you and include some pictures.

PM me for paypal. I'll do the same for anyone else. Please do it as a gift to a friend.

For all of you that have been on the receiving end of this, are cigars a welcomed item?

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I highly doubt they are eating MRE's, I'm sure they are eating tray rats which aren't that bad.

Is anyone putting together a package I can paypal a some money to?

Also guys, I don't know if this helps, but I always hated when people sent dollar store razors and shaving cream.
Odd, I have always thought most tray rats sucked ass. At least with MREs you can RF a case and have decent stuff.
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Odd, I have always thought most tray rats sucked ass. At least with MREs you can RF a case and have decent stuff.
Haha idk I guess I ate enough of them that it stopped mattering.
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I can get my cooking and baking class to make a bunch of cookies, if that will work.
As Ray stated....double them in a zip lock baggies and good to go. For the past 6 years, we have been making "cakes in a jar". Include a can of icing and candles and you have a mobile bday cake.
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I highly doubt they are eating MRE's, .
Not sure why you'd say that... there are still PLENTY of dudes who are living off MRE's for up to a few weeks at a time or longer.
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Not sure why you'd say that... there are still PLENTY of dudes who are living off MRE's for up to a few weeks at a time or longer.
Because they are on Kandahar. Just because the TCN DFAC employees left doesn't mean they don't have tray rats.

And my last deployment I only went to a DFAC the day I flew in and the day I flew out, so I'm familiar with the struggle if you will.
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Who cares if its MREs or tray rats...neither are appetizing after more than a few days...and if we're talking weeks or a few months...ugh, my stomach hurts just thinking about it. What is important is that there are some brave souls that have requested a little reminder of home. Rick, let us know if there are any special requests (i.e. candy, jerky, protein bars, tuna fish, dried fruit, whatever, magazines, etc. ). I'm sure a lot of folks on here would be more than happy to accommodate some special boxes.

Oh, and I wanted to echo the use of flat rate boxes. If you ship regular mail the shipping will eat you alive. You can stuff a lot in those flat rate boxes and save some $$ on shipping.
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My nephew just got deployed back to Kandahar (4th trip) and took a platoon to do security work for draw down. I just got an email that all the contractors and mess halls are closing and they are mainly surviving on MREs. He has 20 "green" troops under his command. If anyone can spare a couple of minutes to pack up a box of ready to eat type food or snacks, he will make sure it gets to these guys. Any thing would be appreciated. We spent the weekend packing boxes and making "cake in a jar" for them.
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SSG Rbt Mills thanks you in advance for any support, as do I.
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I highly doubt they are eating MRE's, I'm sure they are eating tray rats which aren't that bad.

Is anyone putting together a package I can paypal a some money to?

Also guys, I don't know if this helps, but I always hated when people sent dollar store razors and shaving cream.
Paypal received from Maximal...

If anyone else wants to contribute to this via Paypal I'm more than willing to do the purchasing/shipping portion. I'll post pictures of your purchase and post tracking info.
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