A SOLDIER FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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.
If 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 they meet.
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 sanitary.
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 http://www.angelsstore.org. 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 t-shirt material. You can purchase or make Cool Scarves, which contain absorbent chemicals that hold cool water and can help keep a soldier's neck cool for up to twelve hours.
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 quite flat.
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.
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:
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 all.
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!!!
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 violations!!!!
Thanks to Any Soldier.com for the compiled list!
Easy test: Would you send (whatever) to your mother?
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
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!!)
|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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