If you really love our boys overseas, check out this site

TallBill

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http://www.anysoldier.us/

On the site is directions for what and where to send care packages to US troops deployed overseas. Sure the government supplies with necessary items to survive, but I know many spirits would be brightened.

In my town, my sister recently started a drive at her work and church to raise goods and items. Shes recieved over a thousand dollars in donations, as well as boxes and boxes and BOXES of stuff from the list.

[WARNING LONG] -a response to the website from a Army Captain in Afghanistan -
Its Sunday afternoon, and I'm looking at our growing list of supporters that have sent us so many packages within our first month of deployment in Afghanistan. It is so humbling to me to be on the receiving end of so much love, support, and generosity. At the same time, I know that I am simply here by circumstances beyond my control, but for which I willingly volunteered. The true intended recipient really isn't me anyway - It is my Soldiers. I am merely a conduit, as their commander, to bring the gifts, treats, notes, and cards to them. I serve to ensure everything is doled out fairly and that those that have little or no support get an extra package to open.

Its funny how a simple piece of mail can brighten someone's day. Its kind of like Christmas all year round - by that I mean that we hope and pray that each day brings us an expression that someone, a family member, a friend, sent us a note." [/WARNING LONG]
 

TitanDiddly

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I'm going to send a box.

Edit: I'm going to send a Game Gear. If anybody has some games they want to send along, PM me. I don't know how much a soldier will appreciate the one game: "Quest for the Shaven Yak starring Ren and Stimpy".
 

TSDible

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My wife is deployed to a "stan." Life isn't that rough for them, but they appreciate the little things. The Girl Scouts sent them a few cases of cookies and that is all that she talked about for a week. Every little thing does help.
 

Rufio

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we went out a bunch of stuff to a friend's son and his squad....

a lot of porn in that package!
AHHAHHAHA
 

UNCjigga

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Yeah its easy to give stuff...I used to think I didn't have time or money for it but all you gotta do is find a collection center nearby and drop stuff off...then you don't have to worry about mailing stuff, proper addresses etc.
 

TallBill

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Originally posted by: TSDible
My wife is deployed to a "stan." Life isn't that rough for them, but they appreciate the little things. The Girl Scouts sent them a few cases of cookies and that is all that she talked about for a week. Every little thing does help.

Some soldiers are definitly in more remote spots then others. The website sorta explains each unit's situation. Girl scout cookies.. mmmmm
 

TallBill

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I'd definitly be interested to see if anything came of it Feldenak. Its amazing how much stuff can be massed if everyone brings in one thing.
 

911paramedic

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We have a bunch of guys currently deployed, one of them put together a list of things that would be of use and wanted. (we regularly send them care packages)

Food Items
*Instant coffee.
*Powdered Gatorade.
*Powdered hot chocolate
*Kool-Aid (presweetened of course)
*Tea bags
*Slim Jim's
*Crackers and Easy Cheese. Triscuits and Ritz crackers are great.
*Single servings of bagged chips. (The small bags stay fresh longer.)
*Candy, of course. (hard candy-anything that won't melt.)
*Little Debbie snack cakes
*Bubble gum
*Rice Krispie Treats
*Dry cereal. (The small, individual serving boxes stay very fresh.)
*Beef jerky
*Granola bars
*Power bars
*Dried fruit
*Chex mix
*Canned soup
*Nuts
*Tuna
*Spices (Onion powder, garlic powder, spice all, ect )
*Summer sausage
*Oatmeal
*Salsa
*Lollipops
*Gum
*Chips
*Canned chicken
*Salad dressing
*Instant soup
*Fast food condiments (Hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper
packets, relish, Mayo)

Other Stuff

*Shaving cream and gel, Lip balm, Facial wipes
*Lotion (sunscreen - highest protection - Hot in Iraq)
*Cleansers - personal hygiene, Toilet paper, Deodorant
*Cough and throat drops, Saline nose spray, Eye drops, Toothbrushes
*Mouthwash, Foot powder, Handheld mirrors, AA batteries, AAA batteries
*Matches, Sunglasses, Pens
*Stationary (paper) - writing tablets for letters
*Magazines - any subject. Used magazines are great!
*Envelopes
*Stamps, Comic books - used Comics are great!
*Phone cards - for international use. US Post Office and Sam's Club offers these.
*Music CD's - used CD's are great!
*Disposable razors, Toothpaste, Blank greeting cards
*Puzzle books, Paperback books - used paperbacks are great!
*Moist towelettes
*Anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizers that can be used without water
*Nail clippers, Dental floss, Q-tips, Newspapers - national newspapers like *New York Times, Daily News, etc.