NEW TROOPS ARE NEEDED! If you know someone in the Mililitary who would LOVE recieving letters from ALL OVER THE WORLD- email me the Troops Name and Military address to:
Let's Show our Men and Women how much we care by doing MORE than pretty pictures - A simple postcard or letter says Thank You, so much more!
l thought that I thoroughly listed every possible question people who have as far as participation. With the tons of emails I have received - I OBVIOUSLY didn't.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I address the envelop? A: EXACTLY AS YOU SEE IT TYPED
How do I choose a soldier/Which soldier should I write to/Can I write to the entire Troop? A: You choose whomever or the entire Troop if that is where your heart leads you. I am not monitoring if everyone who says they are writing are. You know your spirit. If you say you are helping you will be acknowledged.
I have relatives in the military, can you add them to your list? A: ABSOLUTELY. Email me the information and address and they will be listed I see you have the Army insignia-are other branches of the military welcome? A: ABSOLUTELY!! Send me the info and they will be listed!
Do you have to be a United States Citizen to write to the soldiers? A: No, as I have a WORLDWIDE Audience, you can participate in sending letters/care packages-Just follow the list of what is allowed
What can I send? (This one boggles my mind) A: There is a COMPLETE LIST right here on the site on this page of what is Needed as well as What you CAN'T send. What are the other tabs and why are they there? A: This is my website. I have my radio show that plays when you come to the site, my social network feeds, my blog, messageboard, dating site, and my stores. If I buy something from the Amazon stores on your site, will the soldiers receive it? A: NO. It will be delivered to YOU-unless you specify the APO address.
Am I required to purchase from your stores only in order for a soldier to receive their package? A: Absolutely Not. You can purchase from the store of your choosing.
Which soldiers are single? A: I have NO IDEA, but if you are looking for a DATE, right here on the site is a tab for The Cozy Sparks. It IS my dating site, try your luck there.
What is the guestbook for? A: I despise SPAM and I surely won't SPAM anyone. If you sign the Guestbook, you will be acknowledged by Najla Arrington,- whom this list couldn't be possible without her tireless help.
Things to Send
When you get your boxes, itís
time to decide what to put in them. Basically it divides into three
categories: food, hygiene, and entertainment.
Food includes snacks of all
types, candy, dried fruit, chips, dips, cans of soup with pull-tops and
Easy Mac, packages of tuna or those little packets of tuna salad and
crackers, etc. In the summer, soldiers need to keep hydrated. Send
single serving tubes of Crystal Light, Gatorade, etc. They are perfect
for a canteen. Also spice packets, like the kind you get from Del Taco
or Taco Bell. Itís amazing how much better an MRE tastes when it
doesnít taste like an MRE at all.
you have a Soldier or a Marine, your priority should be things
that are nutritionally denseóreal foodórather than
candy. In the field, the troops get two meals a
day. Sailors and Airmen may be on ships or remote bases
and so have better access to meals. They may also,
however, be in the field with the same access to meals as the
Army and Marine Corps. If your soldier prefers cookies
to beef jerky, he or she will let you know.
Aim for smaller sized units.
For example, you can buy an entire package of Oreos, or you can buy a
mini package that has six cookies in it. Itís easier to divvy up
several mini packages of Oreos. Itís easier to shove a mini package of
Oreos in your pocket before you go out on patrol. And itís easier to
eat a mini package of Oreos before sand gets in the cookies.
Also, send your soldier some packs of
individually wrapped candies, like peppermints or
caramels. Soldiers love to give these to the children
In the summer, it is
over 100 degrees daily in Iraq and pretty warm in Afghanistan. The
chocolate season is
from November through February, only. This presents us with a problem.
Soldiers love chocolate. (I firmly believe that the chocolate gene is
very near the patriotism gene.) But you canít send candy bars.
excellent chocolate things that do ship well include snack cakes, like
Hostess and Little Debbie. All those artificial sugars and transfats
extend the shelf life.
After your soldier
knows you, you can send homemade goodies. Homemade brownies work well,
generally, but not cakes, which tend to mold during transit. Try
freezing the brownies, wrapping in freezer paper and aluminum foil, and
taking right to the post office. They will take several days to thaw
completely. Chocolate chip cookies provide holdable surfaces, and
actually benefit from the heat. The goo chips taste like they came
right from the oven.
Consider sending a
bottle or can of Hersheyís syrup (in a zipper bag) and about 20 spoons.
It only has to be refrigerated if there is any left. There wonít be.
actually designed for desert combat. For best bets, send the minis that
come in tubes. If they do melt, your soldier can just pour them into
You can send
home baked goods, with certain caveats. Butter,
margarine, nuts, and peanut butter contain fats that will go
rancid in the heat. Brown sugar, corn sugar, honey, and
molasses cause foods to get moldy.
has some tried and tested recipes
available on their site.
Hygiene includes disposable
razors, toothbrushes and paste, sample sizes of shampoo and soap, dental
floss, hand lotion, lip balm, and toilet paper (remove the tube for
easier packing, or fill the tube with breakable items, like small
bottles of Tabasco, sealed in a zip-lock bag). It also includes
over-the-counter medicines like Advil or Tylenol, Pepto-Bismol, Tums,
Band-Aids, athleteís foot cream, sun tan lotion (45 SPF or higher), bug
spray, hand lotion, Halls, Kleenex, etc. Paint brushes (like the kind you use to paint rooms) are
excellent for cleaning rifles, but you might have to tell your recipient
what it's for.
Include lots of hand sanitizing liquid and
baby wipes. Your soldier does not have the opportunity
to bathe every day. This stuff helps keep things
Send toothbrushes regularly. Besides the fact that they get gritty, the old ones are great for polishing boots.
Entertainment includes AA-batteries, decks of cards,
paper, envelopes, pens, puzzle magazines, travel games, books,
magazines, maybe DVDís or CDís or PlayStation or XBox games. For those
last things, wait until you "know" your soldier and then ask. You don't
want to send Xbox games to a unit that only has a PlayStation.
Soldiers also enjoy getting phone cards. Phone
cards need to be AT&T, the only service that works from the combat
zones. You can purchase cards online at
You can also purchase them from places like Costco and Samís Club and
the Post Office. Remember that it costs several ďminutesĒ for each
minute of talk time from overseas to the US. A 20 minute phone card
will barely get a soldier a 2 minute call home.
You might also send weather appropriate items of
apparel such as mittens and socks in the winter, tan or desert-camo
bandanas and shower shoes (flip-flops/zuris) in the summer.
In the spring, soldiers like sand scarves to keep the sand off their
faces. These should be in tan or military camo colours and made of
material. You can purchase or make Cool Scarves, which contain
chemicals that hold cool water and can help keep a soldier's neck cool
for up to
As a special treat, send your soldier a pillow and two plain
white pillowcases. If you squish the air out of the pillow, it becomes
Things Not to Send
Do not send alcohol or foods
containing alcohol. Do not send things in spray cans such as shaving
cream (it comes in tubes, too). They tend to explode in the heat. Do
not send certain types of magazines.
Magazines should not bare the bathing suit bottom area
and for women should not display the nipples. There are some magazines
that feature racy photos, like FHM. These magazines are OK, if you
personally do not feel uncomfortable sending them. Personally, I send
Time, Entertainment Weekly, and Sports Illustrated.
Things You May Send If Requested
Because we are in a Muslim country, and do not wish
to offend our hosts, we do not send religious materials other than for
personal use. If your soldier requests a Bible, you may send a Bible.
Do not send thirty Bibles for your soldier to distribute to his unit
unless he requests this.
toilet Paper - take out the cardboard and flatten
sun block (at least SPF-15) and insect
repellant, aloe vera gel
liquid hand sanitizer
baby wipes and refills, Avon Skin So Soft
toothbrushes and toothpaste
dental floss and mouth wash
disposable razors and shave gel or foam
Keri lotion (not oil based, for faces)
Chap Stick or Carmex, talcum powder
Q-tips, face cloths, big fluffy towels (for the ladies),
facial cleansing pads
nail clippers, files, nail polish (neutral colors)
deodorant, shampoo, bar soap, body wash (liquid)
feminine hygiene products
hair bands, clips, hair spray, hair gel, brushes and combs
light weight tan or Army green colored cloth 10" X 36"
(also called a "sand scarf")
beef or turkey jerky
Slim Jims (they go fast)
powdered Gatorade, Crystal Light in 1 qt tubes
cookies in package or Ziploc bag
crackers, easy cheese
gum, hard candy, Tic Tacs, breath mints
Kool Aid (with sugar)
dry cereal (individual boxes)
Little Debbie snack cakes
powdered drinks, juice boxes
instant oatmeal & grits
(if your soldier has access to a microwave)
Kraft Easy Mac
magazines, jokes & comics
crosswords, word search puzzles, pens & pencils
paperback books or novels
local newspapers, post cards from your home town
small flash lights or book lights
Frisbees, Nerf footballs, basketballs, electronic
hand held games, CDs & players, hackie sacks, Yo-Yo's, Kids
drawings, squirt guns to keep dust down,
envelopes and writing paper
boxes of assorted greeting cards
batteries, especially AA and AAA
AT&T phone cards
plain black sunglasses
socks (plain black or white), t-shirts, underwear (various sizes)
Zip lock bags
powdered laundry detergent, dryer sheets
Thanks to Any Soldier.com for the compiled list!
Every year so many folks wait until the
holidays to send their packages that units are buried, not to mention
the APO/FPO. Please keep in mind that most units have no place for
massive amounts of packages, nor the means to move them.
So, what are you supposed to do? Simple, really.
Things NOT to Send:
Illegal copies of anything. Period.
Note: Due to concerns for the health and safety of the Soldiers,
and as much as we don't want to say this, please do not send home-cooked anything to Soldiers
other then to your relatives or people who know you. Factory packaged only. Sorry. The Soldiers
are told to throw away anything that is not in a factory package.
Especially during the holidays. Send SMALL boxes (say
under 10 pounds) and no more than 3 to any single address in the same
day. Don't be part of the log jam, be part of the solution.
You should never send more then 5 packages to the same address at the
same time. Actually, 1-2 a day is best. Chances are you are not the
only person sending something and the soldiers will have to deal with
the packages on their down time, which isn't much at
We can't stress this enough:
NO large shipments at the same time to the same address. Ever.
Send early. OK, you knew that. Holiday shipping dates from the USPS are posted on this web site as soon as we get them.
Keep the packages SMALL!!!
Remember, this is about support, not just stuff. Think about this:
Mail call, the Soldier
hears his/her name called out, with joy he/she gazes toward the box
that the mail clerk points to. Friggin box is bigger than the tent
he/she lives in. Weighs more then a Battalion Commander! Not cool...
If you use this
site and send anything prohibited or illegal to any of our Soldiers,
you will be hunted down, caught and prosecuted! I can tell you for a
fact that The F.B.I. is and will continue to investigate any and all
Thanks to Any Soldier.com for the compiled list!
Tips and Hints:
There is NO guarantee you will get a reply from
the Soldier that got your package. However, if you want to increase
your chances of getting a reply, pre-address an envelope to yourself, a
few pieces of paper, a pen and put them in your package. No need for a
stamp on the envelope. In your letter to the Soldier which you also put
in the box, ask him/her to drop you a quick note or more and ask if
there is anything in particular you can send. Better chance you get a
reply with that...
Easy test: Would you send (whatever) to your mother?
"As you might know, on occasion the Afghanistans have no problem
supplying movie DVD's at a fraction of the cost back home. What you are
not aware of is the fact that those movies are stolen off the bases and
sold back to the soldiers. I recommend that when you supply that
information to those who send packages and to the soldiers/Marines whom
apply for items to be sent in, that they mark the movies to prevent
unscrupulous individuals from benefiting from the unwary." Colonel,
We strongly suggest that if you send any CDs or DVDs, use a permanent magic marker and simply put "Adopt A Soldier"
on both the cover and CD/DVD. It won't take long before these won't be a target anymore... -Marty
Remember the many women Soldiers
there! If your package is intended for a woman, be sure to address the package, "Attn: Any Female Soldier".
T-Shirts: Don't send the wrong type! Contact Extreme Outfitters (888) 972-7040 to help with these. They are the experts and ship FREE!!!
Boot socks, Beanie caps, etc: Stuff from the Dollar Store, Walmart, etc are cheap but won't last. Contact Extreme Outfitters (888) 972-7040 to help with these. They are the experts and ship FREE!!!
The Air Force in deployed locations no longer wears BDUs.
It is now the ABUs with Sand color T-shirts (Much like the Army)
And the socks are the dark green socks the Army uses.
We still use the DCUs also for a few more months/years from now.
We are still authorized BDUs out of the AOR tho. (Info from SrA Sterne, thanks!!)
ALL items which contain liquids and pastes (even in cans),
put in a zip-lock bag, and a second one up-side-down from the first one.
If an item can leak, it will.
BigDaddiProductions is NOT collecting ANY monetary donations for Adopt A Soldier. The contact address as well as the names of the soldiers participating are on the list. All care packages are to be sent to THE SOLDIER ONLY.
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